diarrhea

noun
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.

Recent Examples on the Web

Other symptoms can range from bloody diarrhea and vomiting to a low fever. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Throw out your romaine, it could be contaminated with E. coli," 20 Nov. 2018 The first food-poisoning cases came to light in late March — eight patrons of fast-food restaurants in New Jersey suffered bloody diarrhea and cramps that sent them rushing to hospitals. Geoffrey Mohan, The Seattle Times, "Could blockchain have solved the mystery of the romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak?," 3 June 2018 People who get sick from toxin-producing E. coli come down with symptoms about three to four days after consumption, with many suffering bloody diarrhea, severe stomach cramps and vomiting. Paulina Dedaj, Fox News, "CDC confirms five deaths connected to E. coli-tainted lettuce," 1 June 2018 The first food poisoning cases came to light in late March — eight patrons of fast-food restaurants in New Jersey suffered bloody diarrhea and cramps that sent them rushing to hospitals. Geoffrey Mohan, latimes.com, "Could blockchain have solved the mystery of the romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak?," 27 May 2018 But a few days later, on Apr. 12, Fitzgerald’s son began to develop bloody diarrhea, a fever and severe body cramps. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Her 6-Year-Old Son Got E. Coli and Went Into Kidney Failure After Eating a Pizza Shop Salad. Now She’s Suing," 15 May 2018 Most people develop bloody diarrhea and cramps for five to seven days. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "Romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak update: Florida and Texas now among states with cases | Miami Herald," 9 May 2018 People who get sick come down with symptoms about three to four days after swallowing the germ, with many suffering bloody diarrhea, severe stomach cramps, and vomiting. Mike Stobbe, BostonGlobe.com, "1st death reported in romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak," 3 May 2018 Symptoms include bloody diarrhea, severe stomach cramps, and vomiting. Radhika Marya, Fortune, "E. Coli Outbreak Linked to Romaine Lettuce Claims Its First Fatality," 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 How to pronounce diarrhea (audio) \

Kids Definition of diarrhea

: abnormally frequent and watery bowel movements

diarrhea

noun
di·​ar·​rhea
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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