diarrhea

or di·ar·rhoe·a

[ dahy-uh-ree-uh ]
/ ˌdaɪ əˈri ə /

noun Pathology.

an intestinal disorder characterized by abnormal frequency and fluidity of fecal evacuations.

Origin of diarrhea

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

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, adjectivean·ti·di·ar·rhe·al, adjective
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Medicine definitions for antidiarrheal (1 of 2)

antidiarrheal

[ ăn′tē-dī′ə-rēəl, an′tī- ]

n.

A substance used to prevent or treat diarrhea.

Medicine definitions for antidiarrheal (2 of 2)

diarrhea


n.

Excessive and frequent evacuation of watery feces.

Related forms

di′ar•rheal null null adj.
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Science definitions for antidiarrheal

diarrhea

[ dī′ə-rēə ]

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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Culture definitions for antidiarrheal

diarrhea

[ (deye-uh-ree-uh) ]

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

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