One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Sweating, especially to an unusual degree as a symptom of disease or a side effect of a drug.
perspiration, moisture, dampness, wetness, latherView synonyms
- ‘The initial phase is followed by the abrupt development of clinical symptoms such as fever, diaphoresis, hemorrhagic meningitis, and shock.’
- ‘The classic symptoms include headache, diaphoresis, palpitations, and paroxysmal hypertension.’
- ‘Other nighttime symptoms frequently reported by parents include mouth breathing, diaphoresis, paradoxic rib-cage movement, restlessness, frequent awakenings, and witnessed apneic episodes.’
- ‘If it becomes necessary to decrease or discontinue a patient's opioid therapy, a downward titration should be used so as not to precipitate withdrawal symptoms (chills, diaphoresis, abdominal cramping, vomiting).’
- ‘The first phase of toxicity includes anorexia, nausea, vomiting, malaise, and diaphoresis - symptoms for which acetaminophen may be administered.’
Late 17th century: via late Latin from Greek, from diaphorein ‘carry off, sweat out’, from dia ‘through’ + phorein ‘carry’.
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