Definition of Melena

1. Noun. Abnormally dark tarry feces containing blood (usually from gastrointestinal bleeding).

Exact synonyms: Melaena
Generic synonyms: Bm, Dejection, Faecal Matter, Faeces, Fecal Matter, Feces, Ordure, Stool



Definition of Melena

1. n. See Melæna.

Definition of Melena

1. Noun. A passage of dark, tarry stools containing blood, as the result of upper gastrointestinal bleeding. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Melena

1. a condition marked by black tarry stool [n -S]

Medical Definition of Melena

1. 1. The passage of dark, pitchy and grumous stools stained with blood pigments or with altered blood. 2. Black vomit. Origin: Gr. Melaina, feminine of Gr. Melas = black This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Melena

melatope
melba
melbas
meld
meldable
melded
melder
melders
melding
meldings
melds
meleagrine
meleagris
melees
melena (current term)
melena neonatorum
melena spuria
melena vera
melenas
melene
melenemesis
melengestrol acetate
melenite
meletin
melezitose
meli-
meliaceous
melibiase
melibiases

Literary usage of Melena

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1. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1908)
"He says that all suspicious cases of this disease should be examine with the Rontgen apparatus. Paratyphoid Fever and melena in the Newborn. ..."

2. Differential diagnosis presented through an analysis of 385 [and] 317 cases by Richard Clarke Cabot (1918)
"... melena means dark blood in the stools, so-called tarry stools. When this is present it means that the blood has been poured out high up in the ..."

3. Clinical Symptomatology: With Special Reference to Life-threatening Symptoms by Alois Pick, Adolf Franz Hecht (1911)
"The pathogenesis of melena is as yet not clearly understood. The conception that we have to deal with hemophilia is refuted by the normal condition of those ..."

4. Diseases of the Stomach, Intestines, and Pancreas by Robert Coleman Kemp (1917)
"Sometimes both occur, but melena is the most frequent, without hematemesis. ... Of these 7 had hematemesis alone, 23 had melena alone, ..."

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