ileus

[ il-ee-uhs ]
/ ˈɪl i əs /

noun Pathology.

intestinal obstruction characterized by lack of peristalsis and leading to severe colicky pain and vomiting.

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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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British Dictionary definitions for ileus

ileus
/ (ˈɪlɪəs) /

noun

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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Medical definitions for ileus

ileus
[ ĭlē-əs ]

n.

Intestinal obstruction causing severe colicky pain, vomiting, constipation, and often fever and dehydration.
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