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diarrhea

[dahy-uh-ree-uh] /ˌdaɪ əˈri ə/
noun, Pathology
1.
an intestinal disorder characterized by abnormal frequency and fluidity of fecal evacuations.
Also, diarrhoea.
Origin
1350-1400
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
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Word Origin and History for diarrheal
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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diarrheal in Medicine

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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diarrheal in Science
diarrhea
  (dī'ə-rē'ə)   
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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diarrheal in Culture
diarrhea [(deye-uh-ree-uh)]

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

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