[ shig-uh-loh-sis ]
/ ˌʃɪg əˈloʊ sɪs /

noun Pathology.

an acute intestinal infection caused by a bacterium of the genus Shigella, especially S. dysenteriae, common among children and characterized by fever, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.

Origin of shigellosis

First recorded in 1945–50; shigell(a) + -osis
Also called bacillary dysentery. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for shigellosis

[ shĭg′ə-lōsĭs ]

n. pl. shig•el•lo•ses (-sēz)

Dysentery caused by any of various species of Shigella, occurring most frequently in areas where poor sanitation and malnutrition are prevalent and commonly affecting children and infants.
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