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or diarrhoea

[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
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Examples from the Web for diarrhea
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  • Various forms of dysentery or diarrhea have been attributed to infection with Giardia (Lamblia) intestinalis.

    Food Poisoning Edwin Oakes Jordan
  • There are usually just two reasons for diarrhea—uncleanliness and bad milk.

    The Mother and Her Child William S. Sadler
  • Bronchitis and pneumonia often complicate whooping cough in winter, and diarrhea frequently occurs with it in summer.

  • Daily evacuations will not empty this cavity, nor will cathartics or diarrhea.

    Intestinal Ills Alcinous Burton Jamison
  • No symptoms of the effects of caffein were observed until a dose of 1.5 gram was fed, when diarrhea was noticed on the next day.

    The Toxicity of Caffein William Salant
Word Origin and History for diarrhea

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
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diarrhea 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.
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diarrhea in Science
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 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.
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