dysentery dysentery  /ˈdɪs ən ˌtɛ ri/

Definition(s):

  • (n) an infection of the intestines marked by severe diarrhea

Usage(s):

  1. They were tried out as cures for cholera, dysentery, blood poisoning, boils and other diseases, but on the whole proved disappointing.
  2. Their occupational diseases are rickets, pellagra, dysentery, typhoid, pneumonia, starvation, sullen hatred exploding periodically in bloody strikes.
  3. She had seen missionary life up close: the hardship, the loneliness, the danger, as her parents lost colleagues to political violence and Ruth's little brother to dysentery.

News

  • Rotting corpses spark fears of epidemic amid India floods

    By Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI, June 26 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Rotting corpses contaminating water sources and poor sanitation amid devastating floods in northern India could lead to a serious outbreak of diseases such as cholera and dysentery, aid groups warned on Wednesday. The floods, triggered by heavy monsoon rains more than 10 days ago, have killed at least 822 people in the Himalayan ...
    on June 26, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

Quotes

  1. "I thought about insects over there and dysentery and medical stuff. I didn't know I would be taking care of Saddam Hussein. It kind of fell on me," Ellis said when asked by an audience member about his mission.
    on Jul 6, 2010 By: Robert Ellis Source: SuburbanJournals

  2. "This is not exactly a Dan Marino-led team that did this to the Bears in 1985," said Nick Buoniconti, a linebacker on the '72 Dolphins. "Tom Brady would have to have appendicitis, and half the defense would have to have dysentery for them to...
    on Dec 22, 2007 By: Nick Buoniconti Source: Sebastian Sun (subscription)

  3. Tilda, 48, said: "Shooting 17-hour days over six-day weeks, everybody with dysentery - it made that film. It's not that we made a film about an alcoholic, but that we made an alcoholic film."
    on Dec 2, 2008 By: Tilda Swinton Source: PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung)

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