diarrhea

noun di·ar·rhea \ ˌdī-ə-ˈrē-ə \

Definition of diarrhea

1 :abnormally frequent intestinal evacuations with more or less fluid stools (see 1stool 3b)
  • symptoms include fever, nausea, and diarrhea
2 :excessive flow
  • verbal diarrhea

diarrheal

play \-ˈrē-əl\ adjective

diarrheic

play \-ˈrē-ik\ adjective

diarrhetic

play \-ˈre-tik\ adjective

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.

Recent Examples of diarrhea from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'diarrhea.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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

diarrhea Synonyms


DIARRHEA Defined for English Language Learners

diarrhea

noun

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

noun di·ar·rhea \ ˌdī-ə-ˈrē-ə \

Definition of diarrhea for Students

:abnormally frequent and watery bowel movements

Medical Dictionary

diarrhea

noun di·ar·rhea
variants: or chiefly British diarrhoea play \ˌdī-ə-ˈrē-ə\

medical Definition of diarrhea

:abnormally frequent intestinal evacuations with more or less fluid stools


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up diarrhea? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to suppress quietly or indirectly

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Exceptions Quiz III

  • one-green-toy-robot-amidst-many-red-toy-robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!