Definition of “dysentery” - English Dictionary

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“dysentery” in British English

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dysenterynoun [ U ]

uk /ˈdɪs.ən.tər.i/ us /ˈdɪs.ən.ter.i/

Examples from literature

  • At the time of this engagement Sir James Brooke was lying ill with dysentery. 
  • Dysentery now attacked the crew, and the boatswain's mate died. 
  • Dysentery was raging in their ranks, and many could scarce drag themselves along. 
  • Scurvy, diarrhea, dysentery, and hospital gangrene were the prevailing diseases. 
  • Two of the men were now invalids, one with scurvy, the other with dysentery. 

(Definition of “dysentery” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“dysentery” in American English

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dysenterynoun [ U ]

us /ˈdɪs·ənˌter·i/

an infectious disease of the bowels that causes the contents to be excreted more often and in a more liquid form than usual

(Definition of “dysentery” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)