Definition of miserere mei in English:

miserere mei

Pronunciation /ˌmɪzɪˈrɛːri ˈmeɪi/ /ˌmɪzəˈrɪəri ˈmiːʌɪ/


historical Medicine
  • Intestinal obstruction; the clinical syndrome (severe abdominal pain, faecal vomiting, and obstipation) characteristic of this.


Early 17th century; earliest use found in Randle Cotgrave (fl. 1587–?1630), lexicographer. From French †miserere mei from post-classical Latin miserere mei, after the first words of Psalm 51.