Definition of Ileus

1. Noun. Blockage of the intestine (especially the ileum) that prevents the contents of the intestine from passing to the lower bowel.

Exact synonyms: Intestinal Obstruction
Generic synonyms: Enteropathy, Blockage, Obstruction

Definition of Ileus

1. n. A morbid condition due to intestinal obstruction. It is characterized by complete constipation, with griping pains in the abdomen, which is greatly distended, and in the later stages by vomiting of fecal matter. Called also ileac, or iliac, passion.

Definition of Ileus

1. Noun. (context: medicine pathology zoology) Partial or complete obstruction of the intestines, especially the ileum, causing colic, vomiting, constipation and often fever and dehydration. ¹

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Definition of Ileus

1. intestinal obstruction [n -ES]

Medical Definition of Ileus

1. An obstruction of the intestines. Origin: L., Gr. Eileos, from eilein = to roll up This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Ileus

ileus subparta
iliac aneurysm
iliac arteries
iliac artery
iliac bone
iliac branch of iliolumbar artery
iliac bursa
iliac colon
iliac crest

Literary usage of Ileus

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1. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1890)
"The author has undertaken a series of experiments upon animals with reference to this subject and to the relation of these lesions to ileus. ..."

2. The Surgical Clinics of North America by Robert E. Hermann, Avram M. Cooperman (1921)
"SEWARD ERDMAN NEW YORK HOSPITAL HIGH ENTEROSTOMY FOR RELIEF OF ileus COMPLICATING ... Case I.—Jejunostomy for ileus on the third day after appendectomy for ..."

3. Twentieth Century Practice: An International Encyclopedia of Modern Medical by Thomas Lathrop Stedman (1897)
"The name ileus was first applied to intestinal obstruction when only symptoms and ... The reason why we find the name ileus used by physicians and in the ..."

4. Transactions of the American Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists by American Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (1896)
"He has divided it into adynamic ileus or that which is the result of paralysis. ... He also spoke of mechanical ileus. Adynamic ileus is the form of ..."

5. Pathological and Practical Researches on Diseases of the Stomach, the by John Abercrombie (1830)
"PART I. OF ileus. COLIC and ileus are different degrees or different stages ... ileus with previous disease of such a nature that it acts by deranging the ..."

6. Diseases of the Digestive Organs: With Special Reference to Their Diagnosis by Charles Dettie Aaron (1921)
"(10) ileus in consequence of foreign bodies which have gained access ... This form of ileus must be particularly kept in mind in dealing with the insane. ..."

7. Surgical Diagnosis by Daniel Nathan Eisendrath (1909)
"In postoperative ileus and peritonitis there is early and absolute ... In postoperative peritonitis the abdomen is not distended as early as in ileus, ..."

8. The Monthly Review by Ralph Griffiths (1772)
"This ileus was produced by a membranous cord, which was formed into a ... There are four cafes of the ileus, ..."

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