noun di·ar·rhea \ˌdī-ə-ˈrē-ə\

medical : an illness that causes you to pass waste from your body very frequently and in liquid rather than solid form

Full Definition of DIARRHEA

:  abnormally frequent intestinal evacuations with more or less fluid stools
:  excessive flow <verbal diarrhea>
di·ar·rhe·al \-ˈrē-əl\ adjective
di·ar·rhe·ic \-ˈrē-ik\ adjective
di·ar·rhet·ic \-ˈre-tik\ adjective

Examples of DIARRHEA

  1. The symptoms of the disease include fever, nausea, and diarrhea.
  2. <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

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DIARRHEIC Defined for Kids


noun di·ar·rhea \ˌdī-ə-ˈrē-ə\

Definition of DIARRHEA for Kids

:  abnormally frequent and watery bowel movements
Medical Dictionary


noun di·ar·rhea

Medical Definition of DIARRHEA

:  abnormally frequent intestinal evacuations with more or less fluid stools

Variants of DIARRHEA

di·ar·rhea or chiefly British di·ar·rhoea \ˌdī-ə-ˈrē-ə\


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