an intestinal disorder characterized by abnormal frequency and fluidity of fecal evacuations.
- 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, adjective
- an·ti·di·ar·rhe·al, adjective
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How to use diarrhea in a sentence
I realized that for a lot of these diseases, including diarrhea and pneumonia, there actually were vaccines.Bill Gates: Rich nations should shift entirely to synthetic beef | James Temple | February 15, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
In addition, funders and ministries have been diverted away from diarrhea, malaria, and other killers.Why a failure to vaccinate the world will put us all at risk | Niall Firth | February 13, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
On the same page of the New York Daily Times that recounted his inauguration and inaugural ball, another story announced to the nation that the new president was suffering from a severe bout of diarrhea.Not all presidents’ dance skills are created equal | Bonnie Berkowitz, Joanne Lee | January 21, 2021 | Washington Post
On April 3, she developed body pain and extreme exhaustion, then “coughing, difficulty of breathing, chills, diarrhea chest pain, nose bleed, etc.”In a relentless pandemic, nursing-home workers are worn down and stressed out | Will Englund | December 3, 2020 | Washington Post
In the study of symptom frequency, diarrhea was the most common gastrointestinal-related symptom in adults, and abdominal pain was the least common.
Scientific definitions for diarrhea
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
The frequent passage of abnormally watery feces, which is a sign of illness.
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