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Tenesmus definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

TENES'MUS, n. [L. literally a straining or stretching.]
A painful, ineffectual and repeated effort, or a continual and urgent desire to go to stool.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: painful spasm of the anal sphincter along with an urgent desire to defecate without the significant production of feces; associated with irritable bowel syndrome

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Latin, from Greek teinesmos, from teinein to stretch, strain more at thin Date: 1527 a distressing but ineffectual urge to evacuate the rectum or bladder

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. Med. a continual inclination to evacuate the bowels or bladder accompanied by painful straining. Etymology: med.L f. Gk teinesmos straining f. teino stretch

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Tenesmus Te*nes"mus, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ?, fr. ? to stretch: cf. L. tenesmos.] (Med.) An urgent and distressing sensation, as if a discharge from the intestines must take place, although none can be effected; -- always referred to the lower extremity of the rectum. Vesical tenesmus, a similar sensation as to the evacuation of urine, referred to the region of the bladder.



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