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.

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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

OTHER WORDS FROM diarrhea

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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Medical definitions for diarrhea

diarrhea

n.

Excessive and frequent evacuation of watery feces.

Other words from diarrhea

di′ar•rheal null null adj.
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Scientific definitions for diarrhea

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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Cultural definitions for diarrhea

diarrhea
[ (deye-uh-ree-uh) ]

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

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