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 Most have diarrhea, a fever and stomach cramps, and most recover, but nearly 400 die each year from salmonella. Erika Edwards, NBC News, "Washing raw chicken won't clean it, but it could make you sick," 20 Aug. 2019 There are instances where children have diarrhea and are throwing up and have no clean clothes. Colin Barrett, Harper's magazine, "“Just Keep Going North”," 5 July 2019 The girl said her daughter ran a high fever and was given medicine but began vomiting and had diarrhea the next day. Cedar Attanasio And Amy Taxin, Houston Chronicle, "Doctors, lawyers portray dire conditions for child migrants," 27 June 2019 Symptoms of Hepatitis A infection include fever, headache, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain and yellowing of the skin or eyes. Faith Karimi, CNN, "Kroger recalls some berries over possible Hepatitis A contamination," 8 June 2019 The symptoms include fever, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle pain and at times internal and external bleeding. Cara Anna, The Seattle Times, "AP Explains: Why 2nd-worst Ebola outbreak is growing concern," 13 Apr. 2019 Its symptoms include diarrhea and cramps, and patients typically recover within a week. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "General Mills recalls Gold Medal flour for possible E. coli contamination," 17 Sep. 2019 Some patients also reported mild to moderate gastrointestinal illness, such as vomiting and diarrhea, and fatigue. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "College athlete hospitalized for 5 months, could lose lung after vaping, dad says," 29 Aug. 2019 When the counterweight of an opioid is removed, the body responds with mayhem—diarrhea, vomiting, cramps, shivering, palpitations, anxiety, agitation, paranoia, and, weirdly, interminable yawning and sneezing. Wired, "A Detox Drug Promises Miracles—If It Doesn't Kill You First," 15 Sep. 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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The first known use of diarrhea was in the 14th century

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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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