Definition of Megacolon

1. Noun. An abnormal enlargement of the colon; can be congenital (as in Hirschsprung's disease) or acquired (as when children refuse to defecate).

Generic synonyms: Colon

Definition of Megacolon

1. Noun. Abnormal dilatation of the colon, not caused by mechanical obstruction. ¹

2. Noun. A colon thus enlarged. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Medical Definition of Megacolon

1. An abnormally large or dilated colon, the condition may be congenital or acquired, acute or chronic. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Megacolon

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megachile
megachilid
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megacities
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Literary usage of Megacolon

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1. Surgery, Gynecology & Obstetrics by The American College of Surgeons, Franklin H. Martin Memorial Foundation (1922)
"FOWLER, DAVIDSON, MELLON: megacolon leaves little to be added. Nevertheless, the theories regarding the etiology are as numerous as ever. ..."

2. The Diseases of Children: A Work for the Practising Physician by Meinhard von Pfaundler, Arthur Schlossmann (1912)
"... also of strangulation from a healed tubercular or purulent peritonitis with adhesions (see tubercular peritonitis). The megacolon ..."

3. Diseases of Children by Herman Bernard Sheffield (1921)
"... constipation and to mitigate the pain and agony. Surgical intervention as a last resort. Congenital Hypertrophy and Dilatation of the Colon (megacolon ..."

4. Guide to the diseases of infancy by Walther Birk (1916)
"ALIMENTARY DISTURBANCES DUE TO CONGENITAL DEFECT IN THE STRUCTURE OF THE ORGANISM HIRSCHSPRUNG'S DISEASE (megacolon) Dilatation of the colon, congenital or ..."

5. Therapeutic Gazette (1916)
"True megacolon—idiopathic dilatation— is congenital and is distinct from the so- called ... Hirschsprung believed that true megacolon begins in utero as a ..."

6. Diseases of the Anus, Rectum, and Sigmoid, for the Use of Students and by Samuel Thomas Earle (1911)
"Other writers have explained megacolon as the result of dilatation due to colitis and fermentation of the intestinal contents ; still others have attributed ..."

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