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Medical Term:

enteric tuberculosis


a complication of cavitary pulmonary tuberculosis usually resulting from expectoration and swallowing of bacilli that then infect areas of the digestive tract where there is relative stasis or abundant lymphoid tissue; can be caused by ingestion of bovine tubercular organisms in infected milk; now rarely seen.

See Also: tuberculous enteritis

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