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tenesmus

Pronunciation: te-nez'mus

Definition: A painful spasm of the urogenital diaphragm with an urgent desire to evacuate the bowel or bladder, involuntary straining, and the passage of little fecal matter or urine.

[G. teinesmos, ineffectual effort to defecate, fr. teino, to stretch]

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