esp US -rrhea

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n combining form

(in pathology) a discharge or flowdiarrhoea



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from New Latin, from Greek -rrhoia, from rhoia a flowing, from rhein to flow
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What does -rrhoea mean?

The combining form -rrhoea is used like a suffix meaning “flow” or “discharge.” It is often used in medical terms, including in pathology.

The form -rrhoea comes from the Greek rhoía, meaning “a flow” (like a stream).

The form -rrhoea, along with -rhoea, are chiefly British English variants of -rrhea. In some, now usually historical instances, the letters –oe- may be written as a ligature œ, as in -rrhœa.

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Examples of -rrhoea

An example of one word that features -rrhoea is logorrhoea, meaning “excessive, uncontrollable, or incoherent talkativeness.”

The first part of the word, logo-, means “word” or “speech.” As we know, -rrhoea means “flow.” Taken together, logorrhoea is “a flow of speech.” In American English, the word is spelled logorrhea.

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The combining form pyo- means “pus.” With this in mind, what does the medical condition of pyorrhoea involve?

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