Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A form of diarrhea in which food passes through the body with little or no digestion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A diarrhea, in which the food is discharged imperfectly digested, or with but little change.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In pathology, a form of diarrhea in which, from excessive peristalsis, the aliments are discharged undigested, and with little alteration in either color or substance.

Etymologies

Ancient Greek; compare French lientérie. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • There were many cases of lientery and of dysentery; but these were not attended with much pain.

    Of The Epidemics

  • The diseases which attacked them were in the form of dysenteries, tenesmus, lientery, and fluxes; but, in some cases, there were dropsies, with or without these complaints.

    Of The Epidemics

  • When persons having large spleens are seized with dysentery, and if the dysentery pass into a chronic state, either dropsy or lientery supervenes, and they die.

    Aphorisms

  • It is a bad thing to purge upward in winter persons whose bowels are in a state of lientery.

    Aphorisms

  • In cases of chronic lientery, acid eructations supervening when there were none previously, is a good symptom.

    Aphorisms

  • But this disease is sometimes of a dangerous nature; the intestinal absorption being so impaired, that the aliment is said to come away undiminished in quantity, and almost unchanged by the powers of digestion, and is then called lientery.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II Or, the Laws of Organic Life

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