- an intestinal disorder characterized by abnormal frequency and fluidity of fecal evacuations.
Origin of diarrhea
Examples from the Web for diarrhoea
It is said to have an excellent effect when administered in cases of diarrhoea.The Western World
Suppose your patient had a diarrhoea, what medicine would you give?
The summer is the season when diarrhoea is most prevalent and most fatal.
In children the glands are enlarged when there has been slight or no diarrhoea.
Another mode of death is by diarrhoea; another by hemorrhage.
esp US diarrhea
- frequent and copious discharge of abnormally liquid faeces
Word Origin and History for diarrhoea
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.
- Excessive and frequent evacuation of watery feces.
- Excessive and frequent evacuation of watery feces, usually a symptom of a gastrointestinal disorder. Severe, prolonged diarrhea can lead to dehydration.
The frequent passage of abnormally watery feces, which is a sign of illness.