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Glossary: irritable colon, Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota

irritable colon

(EER-ih-tuh-bul KOH-lun)

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 bowel syndrome, mucus colitis, and spastic colon.