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Glossary: irritable bowel syndrome, Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota

irritable bowel syndrome

(EER-ih-tuh-bul BOW-ul SIN-drome)

A disorder of the intestines commonly marked by abdominal pain, bloating, and changes in a person’s bowel habits. This may include diarrhea or constipation, or both, with one occurring after the other. Also called IBS, irritable colon, mucus colitis, and spastic colon.