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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Med.) A diarrhea, in which the food is discharged imperfectly digested, or with but little change.
- Ancient Greek; compare French lientérie. (Wiktionary)
“There were many cases of lientery and of dysentery; but these were not attended with much pain.”
“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.”
“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.”
“It is a bad thing to purge upward in winter persons whose bowels are in a state of lientery.”
“In cases of chronic lientery, acid eructations supervening when there were none previously, is a good symptom.”
“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.”
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