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noun Medicine/Medical.
  1. perspiration, especially when artificially induced.
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Origin of diaphoresis

1675–85; < Late Latin < Greek: a sweating, equivalent to diaphorē- (verbid stem of diaphoreîn to carry off or through) + -sis -sis
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Historical Examples

  • It is not necessary for me to point out the value of free purgation and diaphoresis in this respect.



  • The indications are to relieve the hypermic kidneys by diaphoresis and purgation.

British Dictionary definitions for diaphoresis


  1. a technical name for sweatingSee sweat (def. 10)
  2. perceptible and excessive sweating; sweat
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Word Origin

C17: via Late Latin from Greek, from diaphorein to disperse by perspiration, from dia- + phorein to carry, variant of pherein
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diaphoresis in Medicine


(dī′ə-fə-rēsĭs, dī-ăf′ə-)
  1. Perspiration, especially when copious and medically induced.
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