summer complaint


noun

an acute condition of diarrhea, occurring during the hot summer months chiefly in infants and children, caused by bacterial contamination of food and associated with poor hygiene.
Also called summer diarrhea.

Origin of summer complaint

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50
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Example sentences from the Web for summer complaint

  • One of the most serious in this chapter is summer-complaint (Cholera infantum).

    Valere Aude|Louis Dechmann