One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A form of diarrhoea.
loose motions, looseness of the bowelsView synonyms
- ‘There were many cases of lientery and of dysentery; but these were not attended with much pain.’
- ‘I attended, some time ago, a lady suffering from lientery, for whom I ineffectually prescribed a low dilution of China.’
- ‘My own view of the case is that the lientery was due to the presence of the tumor in the neighbourhood of the stomach.’
- ‘We have heard of a severe lientery being brought on by eating a little ice-cream, at a time when a considerable degree of indigestion already prevailed.’
- ‘Enteritis and colitis may result from lientery.’
Late Middle English: via French lientérie or Latin lienteria from Greek leienteria, from leios ‘smooth’ + entera ‘bowels’: see -ery.
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