diarrhea

[dahy-uh-ree-uh]
noun Pathology.
an intestinal disorder characterized by abnormal frequency and fluidity of fecal evacuations.
Also, diarrhoea.


Origin:
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

diarrheal, diarrheic, diarrhetic [dahy-uh-ret-ik] , diarrhoeal, diarrhoeic, diarrhoetic, adjective
antidiarrheal, adjective
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diarrhoea or diarrhea (ˌdaɪəˈrɪə)
 
n
frequent and copious discharge of abnormally liquid faeces
 
[C16: from Late Latin, from Greek diarrhoia, from diarrhein to flow through, from dia- + rhein to flow]
 
diarrhea or diarrhea
 
n
 
[C16: from Late Latin, from Greek diarrhoia, from diarrhein to flow through, from dia- + rhein to flow]
 
diar'rhoeal or diarrhea
 
adj
 
diar'rhoeic or diarrhea
 
adj
 
diar'rheal or diarrhea
 
adj
 
diar'rheic or diarrhea
 
adj

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diarrhea
late 14c., from O.Fr. diarrie, from L. diarrhoea, from Gk. diarrhoia "diarrhea" (coined by Hippocrates), lit. "a flowing through," from diarrhein "to flow through," from dia- "through" + rhein "to flow" (see rheum). Respelled 16c. from diarria on Latin model.
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diarrhea di·ar·rhe·a or di·ar·rhoe·a (dī'ə-rē'ə)
n.
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.
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diarrhea   (dī'ə-rē'ə)  Pronunciation Key 
Excessive and frequent evacuation of watery feces, usually a symptom of a gastrointestinal disorder. Severe, prolonged diarrhea can lead to dehydration.
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diarrhea [(deye-uh-ree-uh)]

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

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People with diarrhea will have frequent, loose, watery stools.
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When I have flares, they consist mostly of joint pain, deep fatigue and
  diarrhea.
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  infections, isn't cheap.
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