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 Dictionary entry overview: What does dysentery mean? 

  The noun DYSENTERY has 1 sense:

1. an infection of the intestines marked by severe diarrhea

  Familiarity information: DYSENTERY used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


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An infection of the intestines marked by severe diarrhea

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Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Hypernyms ("dysentery" is a kind of...):

infectious disease (a disease transmitted only by a specific kind of contact)

Meronyms (parts of "dysentery"):

diarrhea; diarrhoea; looseness; looseness of the bowels (frequent and watery bowel movements; can be a symptom of infection or food poisoning or colitis or a gastrointestinal tumor)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "dysentery"):

amebic dysentery; amoebic dysentery (inflammation of the intestines caused by Endamoeba histolytica; usually acquired by ingesting food or water contaminated with feces; characterized by severe diarrhea)

bacillary dysentery; shigellosis (an acute infection of the intestine by shigella bacteria; characterized by diarrhea and fever and abdominal pains)

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