Glossary

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A

anaemia search for term
Low iron levels in the body
anus search for term
Body opening where stools (poo or faeces) leave the body.

B

bowels search for term
Also known as intestines or gut. Bowels are part of the digestive system, and responsible for the majority of digestion and absorption of nutrients from the food that we eat.

C

constipation search for term
Condition where you are unable to pass stools (or it's very uncomfortable or painful) as often you normally would. It can also describe when you are not able to empty your bowels completely.

D

diarrhoea  search for term
A condition where you pass stools (go to the toilet) that are more watery or more often than normal for you.

F

faeces search for term
Undigested food waste, also known as poo or stools. It exits the body from the anus.
fistula search for term
An abnormal connection or passageway (or 'channel') between two organs or blood vessels. An anal fistula is when a small passageway is formed between the end of the bowel and the skin of the anus.

H

haemorrhoids search for term
Also known as piles - swollen or enlarged blood vessels around the rectum or anus

I

intestine search for term
Also known as bowels or gut. Intestines are part of the digestive system, and responsible for the majority of digestion and absorption of nutrients from the food that we eat.

O

oesophagus search for term

The tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach.

P

phlegm search for term
Liquid secreted by the respiratory system (airways). Usually occurs as a result of an infection or disease.

R

rectum search for term
The end of the large intestine and storage place for faeces.

S

stoma search for term
Surgical procedure whereby an opening is created in the abdomen so that waste material can be emptied into a pouch
stools search for term
Undigested food waste, also known as poo or faeces. It exits the body from the anus.

T

tenesmus search for term
Urge to go to the toilet when no stool is present

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