Medical Terminology

Bowel ~ Medical Terminology

The word ‘bowel’ is a common term for the intestines, both small and large. However, bowel is also sometimes used to refer to the entire gastrointestinal tract from the esophagus to the anus but this technically incorrect. The intestines are the latter parts of the gastrointestinal tract. Here food is >> Read More ...

Bowel Bleeding ~ Medical Terminology

Bowel bleeding is a popular term for rectal bleeding which refers to the passage of blood through the anus, either in stool or on its own. This may be noticed as blood in the stool, in the toilet bowl water or even blood upon wiping after defecation. In severe cases, the bleeding is spontaneous and can even soil a >> Read More ...

Melena ~ Medical Terminology

Melena (Gk. melas = black) is a medical term for a black tarry stool due to blood in the stool, usually originating from the upper gastrointestinal tract (the stomach, esophagus, mouth, nose). It is often thought that blood in the stool will appear bright red and fresh but this is known as hematochezia. When there is >> Read More ...
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