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Origin of -rrhea
WORDS THAT USE -RRHEA
What does -rrhea mean?
The form -rrhea comes from the Greek rhoía, meaning “a flow” (like a stream). In Greek, the word rhoía helped form the Greek diárrhoia, literally “a flowing through,” source of the English diarrhea. Cha cha cha.
What are variants of -rrhea?
Variants of -rrhea include -rhea (spelled with a single r) and, chiefly in British English, -rrhoea and -rhoea (spelled with an o). The British English spelling of diarrhea is diarrhoea, for instance.
Examples of -rrhea
An example of a relatively common word that features -rrhea is gonorrhea, a sexually transmitted disease.
The first half of the word, gono-, means “sexual” or “reproductive.” We know that –rrhea means “discharge.” Gonorrhea literally translates to “sexual discharge.”
What are some words that use the combining form -rrhea?
- logorrhea (compulsive talkativeness)
What are some other forms that -rrhea may be commonly confused with?