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noun Pathology.
  1. 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.
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Origin of shigellosis

First recorded in 1945–50; shigell(a) + -osis
Also called bacillary dysentery.
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shigellosis in Medicine


n. pl. shig•el•lo•ses (-sēz)
  1. 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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