[ dahy-uh-ree-uh ]
/ ˌdaɪ əˈri ə /
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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 diarrheadi·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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How to use diarrhea in a sentence
After the administration per os, much of the barium must be carried off in the diarrheal stools.Barium, A Cause of the Loco-Weed Disease|Albert Cornelius Crawford
The severity of diarrheal symptoms is much increased by the character and abundance of bacterial poisons.Intestinal Ills|Alcinous Burton Jamison
In prolonged diarrheal attacks the stools sometimes contain blood.Dietetics for Nurses|Fairfax T. Proudfit
The invasion of the gastrointestinal tract is announced by diarrheal symptoms.Special Report on Diseases of Cattle|U.S. Department of Agriculture
The mucilaginous character of Comfrey root renders it useful in coughs and diarrheal complaints.Ginseng and Other Medicinal Plants|A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
Scientific definitions for diarrhea
[ dī′ə-rē′ə ]
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
[ (deye-uh-ree-uh) ]
The frequent passage of abnormally watery feces, which is a sign of illness.
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