amebic dysentery

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a·me·bic dysentery

or a·moe·bic dysentery  (ə-mē′bĭk)
A severe form of amebiasis affecting the intestines, characterized by fever, bloody diarrhea, abdominal pain, and nausea.
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ame′bic dys′entery

a type of dysentery caused by the protozoan Entamoeba histolytica, characterized esp. by ulceration of the large intestine. Also called amebiasis , ame′bic coli′tis.
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Noun1.amebic dysentery - inflammation of the intestines caused by Endamoeba histolyticaamebic dysentery - inflammation of the intestines caused by Endamoeba histolytica; usually acquired by ingesting food or water contaminated with feces; characterized by severe diarrhea
dysentery - an infection of the intestines marked by severe diarrhea
amebiasis, amebiosis, amoebiasis, amoebiosis - infection by a disease-causing ameba
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London, May 21 ( ANI ): Scientists have identified an existing drug that is effective against Entamoeba histolytica, the parasite which causes amebic dysentery and liver abscesses and results in the death of more than 70,000 people worldwide each year.
His daughter, Julia, reminisces in her introduction to Haiku: This Other World that Wright wrote haiku "at all hours: in bed as he slowly recovered from a year-long, grueling battle against amebic dysentery; in cafJs and restaurants where he counted syllables on napkins; in the country in a writing community owned by French friends, Le Moulin d' And J" (vii).
They are also vectors of amebic dysentery caused by Entamoeba histolytica, Giardia lamblia, and eggs of a variety of tapeworms, for example.