Definition of dysentery in English:



  • Infection of the intestines resulting in severe diarrhea with the presence of blood and mucus in the feces.

    • ‘As the tankers dug in, dengue fever, malaria, diarrhea, and dysentery afflicted many of the soldiers.’
    • ‘Sewage can carry cholera, typhoid, hepatitis and dysentery, all of which start with acute diarrhoea.’
    • ‘Cholera, typhoid, dysentery, and other illnesses can be contracted from untreated bathing and drinking water.’
    • ‘Amebic dysentery is a severe form of amoebiasis.’
    • ‘You do hear about outbreaks of things like cholera and dysentery as well as malaria.’
    • ‘While the tidal waves wreaked havoc, the death toll from epidemics caused by diseases such as dysentery, cholera and typhoid could be far higher.’
    • ‘Although blood in the stool suggests invasive disease, fever is not a sensitive indicator of dysentery.’
    • ‘Mortality during famines was rarely caused solely by starvation but from related diseases like dysentery, typhoid, and typhus.’
    • ‘By August eighty-nine men were recorded in the hospital registers with having diarrhea or dysentery.’
    • ‘The pulp of Baobab fruits has a taste like the cream of tartar and is used to treat fever, dysentery and stomach ailments in some parts of Asia.’
    • ‘In numerous cases, men first diagnosed with malaria or typhoid were later classified with diarrhea or dysentery.’
    • ‘A recent study found that some urban rats were infected with organisms that could cause diseases including diarrhoea and dysentery.’
    • ‘S. flexneri and S. dysenteriae type 1 typically produce severe dysentery, particularly the latter.’
    • ‘Cholera, dysentery, tuberculosis, and other new diseases took my mother and my friends in a matter of months.’
    • ‘There are no pus cells in the stool, thereby ruling out a bacterial diarrhea like shigella dysentery.’
    • ‘Doctors there were seeing many cases of diarrhoeal disease and feared epidemics of dysentery and cholera.’
    • ‘We have lots of patients suffering from dysentery and diarrhea.’
    • ‘The reductions in duration of both non-dysenteric diarrhoea and dysentery were significant.’
    • ‘Within weeks of the arrival of the new inmates, epidemics of typhus, dysentery, and tuberculosis were raging out of control.’
    • ‘One is able to regard the country as very healthy, despite the regrettable maladies that frequently afflict it in the form of plague, dysentery and small pox.’


Late Middle English: from Old French dissenterie, or via Latin from Greek dusenteria, from dusenteros ‘afflicted in the bowels’, from dus- ‘bad’ + entera ‘bowels’.