Simple Definition of diarrhea
medical : an illness that causes you to pass waste from your body very frequently and in liquid rather than solid form
Examples of diarrhea
The symptoms of the disease include fever, nausea, and diarrhea.
<I was taken with severe diarrhea while attending the conference.>
Origin of diarrhea
Middle English diaria, from Late Latin diarrhoea, from Greek diarrhoia, from diarrhein to flow through, from dia- + rhein to flow — more at stream
First Known Use: 14th century
Medical Definition of diarrhea
: abnormally frequent intestinal evacuations with more or less fluid stools
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