from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Intestinal obstruction causing colic, vomiting, and constipation.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun Same as ileum.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Med.) 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun medicine, pathology, zoology Partial or complete obstruction of the intestines, especially the ileum, causing colic, vomiting, constipation and often fever and dehydration.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun blockage of the intestine (especially the ileum) that prevents the contents of the intestine from passing to the lower bowel


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin īleus, from Greek eileos, from eilein, to squeeze, hold in check; see wel- in Indo-European roots.]

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Latin, from Ancient Greek εἰλεός ("colic").


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  • The bowel can be reconnected once your child's ileus is gone.

    Pediatric surgery: Meconium Ileus

  • Meconium ileus is a bowel obstruction that occurs when the meconium in your child's intestine is even thicker and stickier than normal meconium, creating a blockage in a part of the small intestine called the ileum.

    Pediatric surgery: Meconium Ileus

  • However, these patients are prone to ileus formation secondary to the anticholinergic effects of glutethimide.


  • Most infants with meconium ileus have a disease called cystic fibrosis.

    Pediatric surgery: Meconium Ileus

  • The earliest signs of meconium ileus are abdominal distention (a swollen belly), bilious (green) vomit and no passage of meconium.

    Pediatric surgery: Meconium Ileus

  • If a doctor suspects that your child has a meconium ileus, he won't be given anything to eat or drink and will be fed through an intravenous (IV) line, a small tube that's inserted into a vein.

    Pediatric surgery: Meconium Ileus

  • If your baby needs surgery for meconium ileus, she'll have a bowel resectionand ileostomyplacement.

    Pediatric surgery: Meconium Ileus

  • Thus, CFTR -/- homozygotes displayed defective chloride transport in epithelia of airways and intestines, failure to thrive, meconium ileus, and pathological alterations of gastrointestinal glands.

    The 2007 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine - Advanced Information

  • When ileus comes on in a case of strangury, they prove fatal in seven days, unless, fever supervening, there be a copious discharge of urine.


  • However, the firm reiterated an "outperform" rating on Adolor, saying it expects the companies to gain approval of the drug for a different indication, postoperative ileus, by the FDA action date of Nov. 9.

    Biotech, Pharma Rallies Short-Lived


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