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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The spasmodic contraction of the intestines which causes colic.
  • n. Any twisting or displacement of the intestines causing obstruction; ileus. See ileus.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Occlusion of the intestine, caused by a sharp bend or twist of the tube.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. abnormal twisting of the intestines (usually in the area of the ileum or sigmoid colon) resulting in intestinal obstruction

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