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 diarrheal (audio) \ adjective
diarrheic \ ˌdī-​ə-​ˈrē-​ik How to pronounce diarrheic (audio) \ adjective
diarrhetic \ ˌdī-​ə-​ˈre-​tik How to pronounce diarrhetic (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.

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Speaking by phone from the village of Allah Dino Seelro, Ahmad, a laborer, said his son and many other young children went to Ghangro’s office routinely to seek treatment for diarrhea. latimes.com, "How hundreds of children were infected with HIV in one Pakistani district," 11 June 2019 Smith said Bucky was throwing up, had no appetite, would not drink and experienced diarrhea shortly after the family of four got him, WFTS said. Stephen Ruiz, orlandosentinel.com, "Florida family claims puppy had deadly virus when they got it from Craigslist: report," 11 June 2019 Exposure to water contaminated by the bacteria can cause stomachaches, diarrhea and ear, eye and skin infections, the DEC said. Madeline Mcgee, Anchorage Daily News, "Potentially dangerous bacteria levels found at Kenai North Beach," 8 June 2019 According to relatives, the couple were in and out of the hospital due to a violent illness that caused vomiting, diarrhea, extreme weakness, shortness of breath and hand numbness. Fox News, "Texas couple who died in Fiji said hands went numb in message: reports," 7 June 2019 But two of our kids had headaches, diarrhea and were throwing up. Blair Underwood, The Hollywood Reporter, "Blair Underwood's Machu Picchu Travel Diary: Magic and "Mysticism"," 7 June 2019 Exposure can cause increased saliva, tear production, diarrhea, nausea, sweating, confusion and other symptoms, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information. Ashley Fantz, CNN, "Colorado couple: We were sickened at same Dominican Republic resort where 3 Americans died," 6 June 2019 However, previous studies have linked supplements aimed at weight loss, building muscle mass or boosting energy with multiple health problems, including chronic diarrhea, dehydration, stroke, seizures, heart problems and kidney and liver damage. NBC News, "Teenagers can be seriously harmed by dietary supplements," 5 June 2019 About 100, mostly children, have died either en route to the camp or shortly after arriving, due to acute malnutrition, pneumonia, hypothermia, and diarrhea, according to the International Rescue Committee. National Geographic, "A humanitarian crisis emerges as ISIS falls in northern Syria," 27 Mar. 2019

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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 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 diarrhoea (audio) \

Medical Definition of diarrhea

: abnormally frequent intestinal evacuations with more or less fluid stools

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