diarrhea or di·ar·rhoe·a [dahy- uh- ree- uh] Word Origin See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com an intestinal disorder characterized by abnormal frequency and fluidity of fecal evacuations. Origin of diarrhea 1350–1400; Middle English diaria
Late Latin diarrhoea
a flowing through, equivalent to
(variant stem of
to flow through) +
-ia -ia Related forms di·ar·rhe·al, di·ar·rhe·ic, di·ar·rhet·ic , [dahy- uh- ret-ik] /ˌdaɪ əˈrɛt ɪk/ di·ar·rhoe·al, di·ar·rhoe·ic, di·ar·rhoet·ic, adjective an·ti·di·ar·rhe·al, adjective
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Word Origin and History for diarrhetic diarrhea n.
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
diarrhea Excessive and frequent evacuation of watery feces. Related forms di′ar•rhe null null ′al adj.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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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
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diarrhea [(deye-uh- ree-uh)]
The frequent passage of abnormally watery
feces, which is a sign of illness.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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