summer complaint

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  1. 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.

Words Nearby summer complaint Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use summer complaint in a sentence

  • Gentleman of the Senit & of the House, you've sot there and draw'd your pay and made summer-complaint speeches long enuff.

    The Complete Works of Artemus Ward | Charles Farrar Browne (AKA Artemus Ward)
  • One of the most serious in this chapter is summer-complaint (Cholera infantum).

    Valere Aude | Louis Dechmann