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noun, Pathology.
a straining to urinate or defecate, without the ability to do so.
(pathol) an ineffective painful straining to empty the bowels in response to the sensation of a desire to defecate, without producing a significant quantity of faeces

tenesmus te·nes·mus (tə-něz’məs)
A painful spasm of the anal sphincter accompanied by an urgent desire to evacuate the bowel or bladder and involuntary straining that results in the passing of little or no matter.


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