diarrhea

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noun di·ar·rhea \ˌdī-ə-ˈrē-ə\

Definition of diarrhea

  1. 1 :  abnormally frequent intestinal evacuations with more or less fluid stools (see 1stool 3b) <symptoms include fever, nausea, and diarrhea>

  2. 2 :  excessive flow <verbal diarrhea>

diarrheal

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diarrheic

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diarrhetic

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Examples of diarrhea in a sentence

  1. The symptoms of the disease include fever, nausea, and diarrhea.

  2. <I was taken with severe diarrhea while attending the conference.>

Origin and Etymology of diarrhea

Middle English diaria, from Late Latin diarrhoea, from Greek diarrhoia, from diarrhein to flow through, from dia- + rhein to flow — more at stream


First Known Use: 14th century


DIARRHEA Defined for English Language Learners

diarrhea

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noun di·ar·rhea \ˌdī-ə-ˈrē-ə\

Definition of diarrhea for English Language Learners

  • medical : an illness that causes you to pass waste from your body very frequently and in liquid rather than solid form


DIARRHEA Defined for Kids

diarrhea

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noun di·ar·rhea \ˌdī-ə-ˈrē-ə\

Definition of diarrhea for Students

  1. :  abnormally frequent and watery bowel movements


Medical Dictionary

diarrhea

noun di·ar·rhea

Medical Definition of diarrhea

  1. :  abnormally frequent intestinal evacuations with more or less fluid stools

Variants of diarrhea

or chiefly British

diarrhoea

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