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dysentery in which the symptoms are intensely acute, leading to prostration, collapse, and often death.
Synonym(s): fulminating dysentery
Etymology: L, malignus, bad disposition; Gk, dys, bad, enteron, bowel
a potentially fatal form of dysentery in which symptoms are severe.
malignant dysentery(1) Fulminant dysentery.
(2) A nonspecific term of waning use for therapeutically refractory, profuse watery diarrhoea of any aetiology.
A form of dysentery in which symptoms are very pronounced and dehydration occurs rapidly, usually terminating fatally.
See also: dysentery