What do a.m. and p.m. stand for?


[dahy-uh-ree-uh] /ˌdaɪ əˈri ə/
noun, Pathology
an intestinal disorder characterized by abnormal frequency and fluidity of fecal evacuations.
Origin of diarrhea
1350-1400; Middle English diaria < Late Latin diarrhoea < Greek diárrhoia a flowing through, equivalent to diarrho- (variant stem of diarrheîn to flow through) + -ia -ia
Related forms
diarrheal, diarrheic, diarrhetic
[dahy-uh-ret-ik] /ˌdaɪ əˈrɛt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
diarrhoeal, diarrhoeic, diarrhoetic, adjective
antidiarrheal, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for diarrhoea
  • Cattle will eat it, but its nutritional value is low and it causes diarrhoea.
  • Every year, more than one million children under the age of five die as a result of diarrhoea.
  • However there must be some middle ground between reporting diarrhoea and waiting for ultimate certainty.
  • The need was glaring: contaminated water was responsible for countless deaths from diarrhoea.
  • Millions of the displaced are at risk of diarrhoea, malaria and other mundane killers.
  • Outbreaks of malaria, measles and diarrhoea have been worsened by contaminated water.
  • They produce watery diarrhoea and have swollen, bloodstained vent.
  • The diarrhoea characteristic of coeliac disease is pale, voluminous and malodorous.
British Dictionary definitions for diarrhoea


frequent and copious discharge of abnormally liquid faeces
Derived Forms
diarrhoeal, diarrhoeic, especially (US) diarrheal, diarrheic, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin, from Greek diarrhoia, from diarrhein to flow through, from dia- + rhein to flow
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for diarrhoea

variant spelling of diarrhea (q.v.); see also oe.



late 14c., from Old French diarrie, from Late Latin diarrhoea, from Greek diarrhoia "diarrhea" (coined by Hippocrates), literally "a flowing through," from diarrhein "to flow through," from dia- "through" (see dia-) + rhein "to flow" (see rheum). Respelled 16c. from diarria on Latin model.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
diarrhoea in Medicine

diarrhea di·ar·rhe·a or di·ar·rhoe·a (dī'ə-rē'ə)
Excessive and frequent evacuation of watery feces.

di'ar·rhe'al or di'ar·rhe'ic (-ĭk) or di'ar·rhet'ic (-rět'ĭk) adj.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
diarrhoea in Science
Excessive and frequent evacuation of watery feces, usually a symptom of a gastrointestinal disorder. Severe, prolonged diarrhea can lead to dehydration.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source
diarrhoea in Culture
diarrhea [(deye-uh-ree-uh)]

The frequent passage of abnormally watery feces, which is a sign of illness.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for diarrhea

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for diarrhoea

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with diarrhoea

Nearby words for diarrhoea