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Intestinal obstruction causing colic, vomiting, and constipation.
[Latin īleus, from Greek eileos, from eilein, to squeeze, hold in check; see wel- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Pathology) obstruction of the intestine, esp the ileum, by mechanical occlusion or as the result of distension of the bowel following loss of muscular action
[C18: from Latin īleos severe colic, from Greek eileos a rolling, twisting, from eilein to roll]
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il•e•us(ˈɪl i əs)
intestinal obstruction characterized by lack of peristalsis and leading to severe colicky pain and vomiting.
[1700–10; < Latin īleus colic < Greek eileós, akin to eílein to roll]
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|Noun||1.||ileus - blockage of the intestine (especially the ileum) that prevents the contents of the intestine from passing to the lower bowel|
enteropathy - a disease of the intestinal tract
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