ileus

[il-ee-uh s]

Origin of ileus

1700–10; < Latin īleus colic < Greek eileós, equivalent to eile- (stem of eílein to roll) + -os noun suffix
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Examples from the Web for ileus

Historical Examples of ileus

  • In respect to the introsusception and hernia, see Ileus, Class I. 3.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II

    Erasmus Darwin

  • That is natural, but it is a shock to have him here described as son of Ileus.

  • The son of Ileus is "Ajax the less," a hero of the second rank.

  • Is the seat or cause of the ileus always below the valve of the colon, and that of the cholera above it?

    Zoonomia, Vol. II

    Erasmus Darwin

  • Whence it appears, that the enteritis with hard quick pulse differs from Ileus, described in Class I. 3.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II

    Erasmus Darwin


British Dictionary definitions for ileus

ileus

noun
  1. obstruction of the intestine, esp the ileum, by mechanical occlusion or as the result of distension of the bowel following loss of muscular action

Word Origin for ileus

C18: from Latin īleos severe colic, from Greek eileos a rolling, twisting, from eilein to roll
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Word Origin and History for ileus
n.

painful intestinal condition, 1706, from Latin ileus "severe colic," from Greek ileos "colic," from eilein "to turn, squeeze," from PIE *wel- "to turn, roll" (see volvox).

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ileus in Medicine

ileus

[ĭlē-əs]
n.
  1. Intestinal obstruction causing severe colicky pain, vomiting, constipation, and often fever and dehydration.
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