Definition of tenesmus in English:

tenesmus

noun

Medicine
  • A continual or recurrent inclination to evacuate the bowels, caused by disorder of the rectum or other illness.

    • ‘Acute bacillary dysentery is characterized accompanied by fever, abdominal cramps and tenesmus.’
    • ‘We did not observe unwanted side effects, such as tenesmus.’
    • ‘Some other symptoms include fever, fatigue, dehydration, stomach cramps, and tenesmus.’
    • ‘Patients may have nausea, vomiting, dizziness, tenesmus and low-grade fever.’
    • ‘Symptoms typically include rectal discomfort, tenesmus, and constipation.’

Origin

Early 16th century: via medieval Latin from Greek teinesmos straining from teinein stretch, strain.

Pronunciation:

tenesmus

/təˈnezməs/