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or ste·at·or·rhoe·a

[stee-at-uh-ree-uh, stee-uh-tuh-]
noun Pathology.
  1. the presence of excess fat in the stools, usually caused by disease of the pancreas or intestine, and characterized by chronic diarrhea and weight loss.
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Origin of steatorrhea

First recorded in 1855–60; steato- + -rrhea
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British Dictionary definitions for steatorrhoea


esp US steatorrhea

noun pathol
  1. a condition in which the stools are abnormally fatty
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steatorrhoea in Medicine


  1. Excessive discharge of fat in the feces, as occurring in pancreatic disease and in malabsorption syndromes.
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