from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Dysentery caused by any of various species of shigellae, occurring most frequently in areas where poor sanitation and malnutrition are prevalent and commonly affecting children and infants.
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- n. A form of dysentery caused by intestinal infection with Shigella bacteria
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- n. an acute infection of the intestine by shigella bacteria; characterized by diarrhea and fever and abdominal pains
From the name of Kiyoshi Shiga, the Japanese bacteriologist who studied shigellosis. (Wiktionary)