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, inflammation of the intestine characterized by the frequent passage of feces, usually with blood and mucus. The two most common causes of dysentery are infection with a bacillus (see bacteria) of the Shigella group, and infestation by an ameba,
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A parasitic disease of humans caused by the ameba Entamoeba histolytica, characterized by clinical-pathological intestinal manifestations, including an acute dysentery phase. Also known as amebic dysentery.
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