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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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n. - Painful spasm of the anal sphincter along with an urgent desire to defecate without the significant production of feces.

Usage examples (22)
  • Purging not always present, but tenesmus and strangury.
  • During this slumber, fever, pain and tenesmus disappear, and the patient wakes with a feeling of health.
  • Acrid, metallic taste, constriction and burning in throat and stomach, nausea, vomiting of stringy mucus tinged with blood, tenesmus, purging.
  • The symptoms are burning sensation in the mouth, throat, stomach, and abdomen, followed by vomiting, diarrhoea, with tenesmus and distension of the abdomen. for more
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