di·​ar·​rhea | \ ˌdī-ə-ˈrē-ə How to pronounce diarrhea (audio) \

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 \ ˌdī-​ə-​ˈrē-​əl How to pronounce diarrhea (audio) \ adjective
diarrheic \ ˌdī-​ə-​ˈrē-​ik How to pronounce diarrhea (audio) \ adjective
diarrhetic \ ˌdī-​ə-​ˈre-​tik How to pronounce diarrhea (audio) \ 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 Pets poisoned by aflatoxin can display symptoms including sluggishness, jaundice -- a yellowish tint in the eyes or gums caused by liver damage -- loss of appetite, vomiting or diarrhea, according to the FDA. Allen Kim, CNN, "FDA issues pet food alert after 28 dogs are reported dead from toxin," 31 Dec. 2020 An infection with this type of E. coli may cause symptoms such as stomach cramps, vomiting, and diarrhea, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Sarah Madaus, SELF, "There’s Another Romaine Lettuce Recall Due to Potential E. Coli Contamination," 23 Nov. 2020 In the grievance, Tommy Ryburn, 61, said Bourbon had constant vomiting and diarrhea and was often too weak to get out of bed to take his medication or insulin shots. Christy Gutowski, chicagotribune.com, "COVID-19 cases and deaths are surging again in Illinois prisons, as inmates and advocates call for more action," 22 Dec. 2020 Symptoms include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headaches, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting or diarrhea. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, "Alabama shortens COVID exposure quarantine time," 12 Dec. 2020 Less common symptoms include upset stomach, vomiting or diarrhea. Joe Carlson, Star Tribune, "Demand for COVID-19 tests in Minnesota surges ahead of holidays," 22 Nov. 2020 Dizziness and loss of consciousness can occur, along with stomach cramps, vomiting, and diarrhea. Hannah Hoag, Quartz, "Life-saving wasp venom relies on a shaky supply chain," 16 Nov. 2020 The leaves, fruit, seeds and bark of avocados contain persin, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea in dogs, and more serious signs in other animals such as birds, horses and rodents. Traci Howerton, NOLA.com, "Thanksgiving foods and pets: Which dishes you can share and which should stay strictly on the table," 16 Nov. 2020 Additionally, if one of the two following symptoms are present, they are advised to stay home: fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, chills, sore throat, congestion, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. Kyle J. Andrews, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore County prepares for fall ‘re-engagement’ of high school athletics," 28 Oct. 2020

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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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The first known use of diarrhea was in the 14th century

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13 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Diarrhea.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diarrhea. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce diarrhea (audio) \

Kids Definition of diarrhea

: abnormally frequent and watery bowel movements


variants: or chiefly British diarrhoea \ ˌdī-​ə-​ˈrē-​ə How to pronounce diarrhea (audio) \

Medical Definition of diarrhea

: abnormally frequent intestinal evacuations with more or less fluid stools

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