- 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
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- Excessive and frequent evacuation of watery feces.
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- 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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The frequent passage of abnormally watery feces, which is a sign of illness.
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