ste·​at·​or·​rhea (ˌ)stē-ˌa-tə-ˈrē-ə How to pronounce steatorrhea (audio)
: an excess of fat in the stools

Examples of steatorrhea in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This can lead to steatorrhea, stools that contain high amounts of fat and look like diarrhea, says Karie Cassell, R.D., a dietitian and the author of The Domino Diet. Perri O. Blumberg, Men's Health, 15 Mar. 2023

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Word History


New Latin

First Known Use

circa 1859, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of steatorrhea was circa 1859

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“Steatorrhea.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

Medical Definition


variants or chiefly British steatorrhoea
: an excess of fat in the stools
idiopathic steatorrhea

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