from The Century Dictionary.

  • Belonging to the belly or intestines; relating to or consisting of intestinal excrements.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of, from, in, or pertaining to, the belly or the intestines

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  • adjective Of or pertaining to the belly or intestines.

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  • adjective of or relating to the intestines


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Latin alvus belly: compare French alvin.


  • A relapse; little sleep; urine throughout of a good color, but thin; the alvine evacuations were thin, bilious, acrid, very scanty, black, and fetid; a white, smooth sediment in the urine; had a sweat, and experienced a perfect crisis on the eleventh day.

    Of The Epidemics

  • On the third day, a rigor, acute fever; a reddish and hard swelling on both sides of the neck and chest, extremities cold and livid; and livid; respiration elevated; the drink returned by the nose; she could not swallow; alvine and urinary discharges suppressed.

    Of The Epidemics

  • The sputa in fevers, not of an intermittent type, which are livid, streaked with blood, and fetid, are all bad, it is favorable when this evacuation, like the urinary and alvine, passes freely; and whenever any discharge is suppressed and not purged off it is bad.


  • On the seventh, all the symptoms were exacerbated; had no sleep, but the urine of the same characters, and the understanding disordered; alvine dejections bilious and fatty.

    Of The Epidemics

  • But the southerly relaxes the body, and renders it humid, brings on dullness of hearing, heaviness of the head, and vertigo, impairs the movements of the eyes and the whole body, and renders the alvine discharges watery.


  • So it is with the alvine evacuations and the urine.


  • Those patients recover most readily whom the fever leaves the same day that the abscess bursts, — when they recover their appetite speedily, and are freed from the thirst, — when the alvine discharges are small and consistent, the matter white, smooth, uniform in color, and free of phlegm, and if brought up without pain or strong coughing.

    The Book Of Prognostics

  • When the pains in these regions do not cease, either with the discharge of the sputa, nor with alvine evacuations, nor from venesection, purging with medicine, nor a suitable regimen, it is to be held that they will terminate in suppurations.

    The Book Of Prognostics

  • The following observations are to be made upon them: if the fever persist, and the pain do not cease, if the expectoration be not normal, and if the alvine discharges be neither bilious, nor free and unmixed; and if the urine be neither copious nor have its proper sediment, but if, on the other hand, all the other salutary symptoms be present, in such cases abscesses may be expected to take place.

    The Book Of Prognostics

  • When much urine is passed during the night, it indicates that the alvine evacuations are scanty.



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