diarrhea

noun
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 3a) 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

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.

Recent Examples on the Web

This life-threatening condition is accompanied by flu-like symptoms, diarrhea, muscle pain, and sometimes a rash. Elizabeth Kiefer, Teen Vogue, "What Is A Period? 10 Things To Know About Your Menstrual Cycle," 6 Sep. 2018 The pill was approved to treat adults for up to two weeks for common withdrawal symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, muscle pain and agitation. NBC News, "FDA approves first non-opioid to treat withdrawal symptoms," 17 May 2018 The pill was approved to treat adults for up to two weeks for common withdrawal symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, muscle pain and agitation. CBS News, "Nonopioid drug approved by FDA for opioid withdrawal symptons," 16 May 2018 Newsletter Sign-up Children younger than 5 or adults older than 20 are more likely to suffer from complications that include ear infections and diarrhea, according to the CDC. Brianna Abbott, WSJ, "Washington State Becomes Latest Hot Spot in Measles Outbreak," 23 Jan. 2019 Symptoms of the keto flu are very similar to the influenza virus, including nausea, fatigue, vomiting and diarrhea. Karla Walsh, Woman's Day, "What Is the Keto Diet, Exactly?," 27 Dec. 2018 Symptoms of swine flu are similar to a seasonal flu and can include fever, cough, runny nose, and sometimes body aches, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, according to the DHHS. Michelle Gant, Fox News, "Michigan county fair attendees test positive for rare strain of swine flu," 13 Aug. 2018 The department said several people have tested positive for norovirus, a highly contagious infection that causes inflammation of the stomach and/or intestines and results in symptoms including vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, fever and stomach pain. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Canadian Raw Oysters Are Behind a Norovirus Outbreak in California," 3 May 2018 And West Nile can cause body aches, joint pain, vomiting and diarrhea. Sean Rossman, USA TODAY, "Tick, mosquito, flea illnesses have tripled and the U.S. isn't fully prepared, CDC says," 2 May 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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diarrhea

noun

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

diarrhea

noun
di·​ar·​rhea | \ ˌdī-ə-ˈrē-ə \

Kids Definition of diarrhea

: abnormally frequent and watery bowel movements

diarrhea

noun
di·​ar·​rhea
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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