Definition of diarrhoea in English:


(US diarrhea)


  • [mass noun] A condition in which faeces are discharged from the bowels frequently and in a liquid form.

    ‘a range of symptoms including diarrhoea and vomiting’
    • ‘The side effects from phototherapy may include a rash and diarrhoea.’
    • ‘Constipation, diarrhoea or alternating constipation and diarrhoea are common symptoms.’
    • ‘The drugs used in this process can make some women feel sick and in some cases they may vomit or have diarrhoea.’
    • ‘Their symptoms include vomiting and diarrhoea as well as nausea and general aches and pains.’
    • ‘Persistent diarrhoea was defined as any diarrhoea that lasted for at least 14 consecutive days.’
    • ‘Stress tends to set off the symptoms of diarrhea and gas, and sometimes constipation.’
    • ‘Your immune system attacks your body cells and causes symptoms such as diarrhoea, rashes and liver damage.’
    • ‘Virtually all patients with ulcerative colitis have rectal bleeding or bloody diarrhoea.’
    • ‘Having frequent bouts of diarrhoea can easily interfere with work and normal social activities.’
    • ‘He said better nutrition could help save the two million babies who die each year from diarrhea and chicken pox.’
    • ‘Bites from snakes can also contain venom, causing the symptoms of diarrhoea and sickness.’
    • ‘Symptoms of the disease include vomiting and diarrhea and eventually death if treatment is not given promptly.’
    • ‘Nausea and vomiting and diarrhea are useful ways to rid the body of infection and toxins.’
    • ‘If the main symptom is diarrhoea, food passes through the digestive system faster than usual.’
    • ‘Its most common side effects include diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, and skin rash.’
    • ‘Frequent bouts of diarrhea make it difficult to care for these ulcers and healing is often impeded.’
    • ‘Malnutrition combined with epidemics of diarrhoea killed tens of thousands of people.’
    • ‘A child who has diarrhea from giardiasis may lose too much fluid in the stool and become dehydrated.’
    • ‘Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhoea and fever, and can last for up to 60 hours.’
    • ‘Bloody stools are rare in viral diarrhea but common in severe bacterial diarrhea.’
    loose motions, looseness of the bowels
    the skitters, the runs, the trots, gippy tummy, holiday tummy, spanish tummy, delhi belly, montezuma's revenge, aztec revenge, aztec two-step
    the squits
    dysentery, lientery
    the flux, lax
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Late Middle English: via late Latin from Greek diarrhoia, from diarrhein ‘flow through’, from dia through + rhein to flow.