Definition of diarrhea in US English:

diarrhea

(British diarrhoea)

noun

  • A condition in which feces are discharged from the bowels frequently and in a liquid form.

    ‘a range of symptoms including diarrhea and vomiting’
    • ‘The side effects from phototherapy may include a rash and diarrhoea.’
    • ‘Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhoea and fever, and can last for up to 60 hours.’
    • ‘A child who has diarrhea from giardiasis may lose too much fluid in the stool and become dehydrated.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Bloody stools are rare in viral diarrhea but common in severe bacterial diarrhea.’
    • ‘Its most common side effects include diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, and skin rash.’
    • ‘Having frequent bouts of diarrhoea can easily interfere with work and normal social activities.’
    • ‘Virtually all patients with ulcerative colitis have rectal bleeding or bloody diarrhoea.’
    • ‘Your immune system attacks your body cells and causes symptoms such as diarrhoea, rashes and liver damage.’
    • ‘Bites from snakes can also contain venom, causing the symptoms of diarrhoea and sickness.’
    • ‘Malnutrition combined with epidemics of diarrhoea killed tens of thousands of people.’
    • ‘The drugs used in this process can make some women feel sick and in some cases they may vomit or have diarrhoea.’
    • ‘If the main symptom is diarrhoea, food passes through the digestive system faster than usual.’
    • ‘Frequent bouts of diarrhea make it difficult to care for these ulcers and healing is often impeded.’
    • ‘Constipation, diarrhoea or alternating constipation and diarrhoea are common symptoms.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Their symptoms include vomiting and diarrhoea as well as nausea and general aches and pains.’
    • ‘He said better nutrition could help save the two million babies who die each year from diarrhea and chicken pox.’
    loose motions, looseness of the bowels
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Origin

Late Middle English: via late Latin from Greek diarrhoia, from diarrhein ‘flow through’, from dia ‘through’ + rhein ‘to flow’.

Pronunciation

diarrhea

/ˌdaɪəˈriə//ˌdīəˈrēə/