di·ar·rhea | \ˌdī-ə-ˈrē-ə \

Definition of diarrhea 

1 : abnormally frequent intestinal evacuations with more or less fluid stools (see stool entry 1 sense 3b) symptoms include fever, nausea, and diarrhea

2 : excessive flow verbal diarrhea

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Other Words from diarrhea

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

Synonyms for diarrhea


flux, Montezuma's revenge, runs

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Examples of diarrhea in a Sentence

The symptoms of the disease include fever, nausea, and diarrhea. I was taken with severe diarrhea while attending the conference.

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Cyclosporiasis is caused by a microscopic parasite called Cyclospora cayetanensis and can cause diarrhea, cramps, bloating, and other common stomach-bug symptoms. Amanda Macmillan, Health.com, "What Is Cyclospora? Parasite Linked to Del Monte Vegetables Has Sickened More Than 200," 10 July 2018 Withdrawal symptoms can include anxiety, agitation, sleep problems, muscle aches, sweating, nausea, diarrhea and drug craving. Houston Chronicle, "How to “live long and prosper”," 7 July 2018 Salmonella is a bacterial infection that can cause diarrhea, fever, nausea, vomiting and abdominal cramps between 12 and 72 hours after exposure, according to DHW. Nicole Blanchard, idahostatesman, "Idahoans fall ill, Nampa business issues recall as kratom is linked to Salmonella | Idaho Statesman," 23 Apr. 2018 Yeah, a lot of chronic diarrhea and vomiting over the years. Lang Whitaker, GQ, "You Could Use a Style Upgrade," 17 Apr. 2018 Salmonella is a bacteria that typically causes diarrhea, fever, nausea, vomiting and abdominal cramps. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Salmonella outbreak tied to kratom reaches Michigan," 13 Apr. 2018 About a dozen Vibrio species can make people sick, the CDC says, with most of the 80,000 cases a year resulting in severe diarrhea and vomiting after eating raw oysters. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "Be wary of these NC natural wonders this summer," 25 June 2018 Thus, nasty side-effects may include nausea, diarrhea and hair loss, as well as longer-term organ damage. Maggie Fox /, NBC News, "Is chemo obsolete? Not by a long shot, cancer experts say," 24 June 2018 More than 500 cases of gastrointestinal illness, including diarrhea and vomiting, have been reported at CLIMB Works since mid-June, according to the Tennessee Department of Health, WRCB reported. Joe Marusak, charlotteobserver, "E. coli sickens hundreds on zip line tours in popular resort town," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of diarrhea

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for diarrhea

Middle English diaria, from Late Latin diarrhoea, from Greek diarrhoia, from diarrhein to flow through, from dia- + rhein to flow — more at stream

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English Language Learners Definition of diarrhea

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


di·ar·rhea | \ˌdī-ə-ˈrē-ə \

Kids Definition of diarrhea

: abnormally frequent and watery bowel movements


variants: or chiefly British diarrhoea \ˌdī-ə-ˈrē-ə \

Medical Definition of diarrhea 

: abnormally frequent intestinal evacuations with more or less fluid stools

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