Epidemic and opportunistic bacillary dysentery due to infection with the Shigella bacteria. A particular hazard in AIDS and other immune deficiency states. Named for the Japanese bacteriologist Kiyoshi Shiga (1870-1957).
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Bacillary dysentery caused by bacteria of the genus Shigella, often occurring in epidemic patterns; an opportunistic infection of persons with AIDS.

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shig·el·lo·sis .shig-ə-'lō-səs n, pl -lo·ses -'lō-.sēz infection with or dysentery caused by bacteria of the genus Shigella

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an infestation of the digestive system by bacteria of the genus Shigella, causing bacillary dysentery.

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shi·gel·lo·sis (shĭґgə-loґsis) any of the intestinal conditions produced by infection with species of Shigella, such as bacillary dysentery (see under dysentery).

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