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diarrhea

or di·ar·rhoe·a

[dahy-uh-ree-uh]
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noun Pathology.
  1. an intestinal disorder characterized by abnormal frequency and fluidity of fecal evacuations.
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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 formsdi·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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n.

late 14c., from Old French diarrie, from Late Latin diarrhoea, from Greek diarrhoia "diarrhea" (coined by Hippocrates), literally "a flowing through," from diarrhein "to flow through," from dia- "through" (see dia-) + rhein "to flow" (see rheum). Respelled 16c. from diarria on Latin model.

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diarrhea in Medicine

diarrhea

n.
  1. Excessive and frequent evacuation of watery feces.
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Related formsdi′ar•rheal null null adj.
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diarrhea in Science

diarrhea

[dī′ə-rēə]
  1. 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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diarrhea in Culture

diarrhea

[(deye-uh-ree-uh)]

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

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