- an acute condition of diarrhea, occurring during the hot summer months chiefly in infants and children, caused by bacterial contamination of food and associated with poor hygiene.
Origin of summer complaint
An Americanism dating back to 1840–50
Also called summer diarrhea.
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- Diarrhea affecting infants or young children in hot weather, usually caused by acute gastroenteritis due to bacterial infection.choleraic diarrhea
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