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an intestinal disorder characterized by abnormal frequency and fluidity of fecal evacuations.
Contemporary Examples

But we are not talking about treating children with diarrhea here.
You Probably Shouldn’t Try to Lose 20 Pounds by Eating Clay Kent Sepkowitz June 23, 2014

Ultimately, headaches, dizziness, and diarrhea sent her diving into a pizza.
The Crazy Baby Food Diet Gina Piccalo September 21, 2010

Some would say camping with diarrhea on a farm in the middle-of-nowhere-Tennessee is Stoopid.
Living by the Bonnaroo Code Daniel G. Hill June 11, 2014

B12 deficiency is associated with nausea, diarrhea, and paleness, all of which could apply to the gaunt Jobs.
What’s Eating Steve Jobs? Benjamin Sarlin January 5, 2009

Today his small body was seized by stomach pain and diarrhea, which had worsened as the afternoon passed.
When Everything Changed Gayle Tzemach Lemmon March 10, 2011

Historical Examples

Various forms of dysentery or diarrhea have been attributed to infection with Giardia (Lamblia) intestinalis.
Food Poisoning Edwin Oakes Jordan

There are usually just two reasons for diarrhea—uncleanliness and bad milk.
The Mother and Her Child William S. Sadler

Bronchitis and pneumonia often complicate whooping cough in winter, and diarrhea frequently occurs with it in summer.
The Home Medical Library, Volume I (of VI) Various

Daily evacuations will not empty this cavity, nor will cathartics or diarrhea.
Intestinal Ills Alcinous Burton Jamison

No symptoms of the effects of caffein were observed until a dose of 1.5 gram was fed, when diarrhea was noticed on the next day.
The Toxicity of Caffein William Salant


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.
diarrhea [(deye-uh-ree-uh)]

The frequent passage of abnormally watery feces, which is a sign of illness.


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