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ileus

Pronunciation: il'e-us

Definition: Mechanical, dynamic, or adynamic obstruction of the intestines; may be accompanied by severe colicky pain, abdominal distention, vomiting, absence of passage of stool, and often fever and dehydration.

[G. eileos, intestinal colic, from eilo, to roll up tight]

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