melena neonatorum

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me·le·na ne·o·na·to·rum

melena of the newborn; melana occurring in infants.
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(mĕ-lē′nă) [Gr. melaina, black]
Black tarry feces caused by the digestion of blood in the gastrointestinal tract. It is common in the newborn and in adult patients with gastrointestinal bleeding from the esophagus, stomach, or proximal small intestine. melenic (mĕ-lēn′ik), adjective

melena neonatorum

Melena in the newborn.
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