summer complaint


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.

Origin of summer complaint

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50
Also called summer diarrhea. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for summer complaint

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

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