an intestinal disorder characterized by abnormal frequency and fluidity of fecal evacuations.
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.
diarrhea di·ar·rhe·a or di·ar·rhoe·a (dī’ə-rē’ə)
Excessive and frequent evacuation of watery feces.
di’ar·rhe’al or di’ar·rhe’ic (-ĭk) or di’ar·rhet’ic (-rět’ĭk) adj.
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.
an act or instance of , or of making a distinction. treatment or consideration of, or making a distinction in favor of or against, a person or thing based on the group, class, or category to which that person or thing belongs rather than on individual merit: racial and religious intolerance and discrimination. the power […]
character; unfounded positiveness in matters of opinion; arrogant assertion of opinions as truths. n. c.1600, but not in common use until 19c., from French dogmatisme (16c.), from Medieval Latin dogmatismus, from Latin dogma (see dogma).
a drawing, sketch, or design. a first or preliminary form of any writing, subject to revision, copying, etc. act of drawing; delineation. a current of air in any enclosed space, especially in a room, chimney, or stove. a current of air moving in an upward or downward direction. a device for regulating the current of […]
opposing or restricting the use of narcotics or other of abuse: to enact stricter antidrug laws. Contemporary Examples The problem is that the federal government’s anti-drug efforts in South America have failed. Obama’s Demented Drug Policy Radley Balko April 15, 2009 The anti-drug laws of the Islamic Republic ban cultivation of drug plants and impose […]