Meaning of tenesmus in English:


Pronunciation /tɪˈnɛzməs/


mass nounMedicine
  • A continual or recurrent inclination to evacuate the bowels, caused by disorder of the rectum or other illness.

    ‘We did not observe unwanted side effects, such as tenesmus.’
    • ‘Patients may have nausea, vomiting, dizziness, tenesmus and low-grade fever.’
    • ‘Symptoms typically include rectal discomfort, tenesmus, and constipation.’
    • ‘Acute bacillary dysentery is characterized accompanied by fever, abdominal cramps and tenesmus.’
    • ‘Some other symptoms include fever, fatigue, dehydration, stomach cramps, and tenesmus.’


Early 16th century via medieval Latin from Greek teinesmos ‘straining’, from teinein ‘stretch, strain’.