from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Intestinal obstruction causing colic, vomiting, and constipation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Partial or complete obstruction of the intestines, especially the ileum, causing colic, vomiting, constipation and often fever and dehydration.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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 passion or iliac passion.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In pathology, severe colic, attended with stercoraceous vomiting, due to intestinal obstruction: also applied loosely to severe colic of other origin. Also called ileac or iliac passion.
- n. Same as ileum.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. blockage of the intestine (especially the ileum) that prevents the contents of the intestine from passing to the lower bowel
Latin īleus, from Greek eileos, from eilein, to squeeze, hold in check; see wel-2 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin, from Ancient Greek εἰλεός ("colic"). (Wiktionary)