The Definition of Irritable

irritable [ˈɪrɪtəbəl]


1. quickly irritated; easily annoyed; peevish

2. (Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Biology) (of all living organisms) capable of responding to such stimuli as heat, light, and touch

3. (Medicine / Pathology) Pathologically abnormally sensitive

The definition or ‘Irritable’ may seem a fair assessment of IBS, however many sufferers will endure periods where their bowels are no longer ‘Irritable’, they are down right ‘Livid’.  If this condition is to be subject to an adjective surely the possibility exists to adapt the adjective to match the level of symptoms.

At present so much ignorance exists regarding IBS, however a clearer level of distinction would go a very long way to assisting the population at large to understand that Irritable Bowel can be deeply unpleasant.  ‘Irritable’ has connotations of being slightly grumpy.

This matters a great deal, IBS sufferers are so often misunderstood and certainly receive very little sympathy because Irritable Bowel Syndrome is often thought to be nothing more than bloating, cramps, and gas, at worst it is associated with frequent trips to the bathroom. For most of us ‘Irritable’ does not cut the mustard.

Defining Irritable  

Our bone of contention with the definition of IBS relates exclusively to the use of the word ‘Irritable’.  Few conditions have an adjective, you are not diagnosed with an ‘angry heart’ or a ‘aggressive leg’.  IBS sufferers therefore find themselves in a unique position of having there Bowels labelled

We have written extensively regarding our disapproval of the wide remit of symptoms thrown together under the IBS label.  It would seem that any digestive condition that is not an IBD can be thrown into the same diagnoses.  To read our article related to the diagnoses of IBS please click here…

Rather than simply complain about the lack of clear differentiation of IBS diagnoses we have created some suggestions of our own which my assist in the clearer understanding of the condition….We hope…..



|Recently, after a weekend of eating badly, my Bowel ceased to be Irritable, it became incandescent with rage, it was an infuriated bowel, an outraged, irate bowel.  For three days after slipping off the wagon the term irritable could not have been any further from the symptoms and I know I am not alone.

Millions of people endure real agony from IBS, while this may be a flippant piece the subtext is very serious, it is about gaining respect and understanding about IBS.  It is about informing those around us that we do not suffer from slightly grumpy bowel, they are  full of attitude, they are angry.

We have supplied a list of adjectives below and we urge that you begin to use the most appropriate to allow those around you to understand that IBS can hurt.

Choose one, then add Bowel Syndrome:

Affronted, annoyed, antagonized, bitter, chafed, choleric, convulsed, cross, displeased, enraged, exacerbated, exasperated, ferocious, fierce, fiery, fuming, furious, galled, hateful, heated, hot, huffy, ill-tempered, impassioned, incensed, indignant, inflamed, infuriated, irascible, irate, ireful, irritable, irritated, maddened, nettled, offended, outraged, piqued, provoked, raging, resentful, riled, sore, splenetic, storming, sulky, sullen, tumultous/tumultuous, turbulent, uptight, vexed, wrathful.

I have opted for ‘Apoplectic Bowel Syndrome’, it seems far more appropriate.

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Defining IBS

Let us begin by defining definition :

definition [ˌdɛfɪˈnɪʃən]

1. a formal and concise statement of the meaning of a word, phrase, etc.

2. the act of defining a word, phrase, etc.

3. specification of the essential properties of something, or of the criteria which uniquely identify it

4. the act of making clear or definite

5. (Philosophy / Logic) the state or condition of being clearly defined or definite

6. (Miscellaneous Technologies / Photography) a measure of the clarity of an optical, photographic, or television image as characterized by its sharpness and contrast.


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