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diarrhea

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noun di·ar·rhea \ˌdī-ə-ˈrē-ə\

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of diarrhea

  1. 1 :  abnormally frequent intestinal evacuations with more or less fluid stools

  2. 2 :  excessive flow <verbal diarrhea>

diarrheal play \-ˈrē-əl\ adjective
diarrheic play \-ˈrē-ik\ adjective
diarrhetic play \-ˈre-tik\ adjective

Examples of diarrhea in a sentence

  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


DIARRHEA Defined for Kids

diarrhea

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noun di·ar·rhea \ˌdī-ə-ˈrē-ə\

Definition of diarrhea for Students

  1. :  abnormally frequent and watery bowel movements




Medical Dictionary

diarrhea

noun di·ar·rhea

Medical Definition of diarrhea

  1. :  abnormally frequent intestinal evacuations with more or less fluid stools



Variants of diarrhea

or chiefly British diarrhoea \ˌdī-ə-ˈrē-ə\play


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