Definition of Diarrhea

1. Noun. Frequent and watery bowel movements; can be a symptom of infection or food poisoning or colitis or a gastrointestinal tumor.

Exact synonyms: Diarrhoea, Looseness, Looseness Of The Bowels
Group relationships: Dysentery
Generic synonyms: Symptom
Specialized synonyms: The Shits, The Trots, Montezuma's Revenge
Derivative terms: Diarrheal, Diarrhetic, Diarrhoeal, Diarrhoetic, Loose

Definition of Diarrhea

1. n. A morbidly frequent and profuse discharge of loose or fluid evacuations from the intestines, without tenesmus; a purging or looseness of the bowels; a flux.

Definition of Diarrhea

1. Noun. (chiefly North America) A condition in which the sufferer has frequent and watery bowel movements. ¹

2. Noun. The watery excrement that comes from said bowel movements. ¹

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Definition of Diarrhea

1. an intestinal disorder [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Diarrhea

diarrhoea alba
diarrhoea pancreatica

Literary usage of Diarrhea

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The ABCs of Safe & Healthy Child Care: A Handbook for Child Care Providers by Cynthia M. Hale, Jacqueline A. Polder (2000)
"diarrheal Diseases in the Child Care Setting diarrhea can be caused by a variety of ... However, children can sometimes have diarrhea without having an ..."

2. Monographic Medicine by William Robie Patten Emerson, Guido Guerrini, William Brown, Wendell Christopher Phillips, John Whitridge Williams, John Appleton Swett, Hans Günther, Mario Mariotti, Hugh Grant Rowell (1916)
"The mortality of summer diarrhea is always higher when the Shiga bacillus and ... Schmidt's bile test in the summer diarrhea of infants has been thoroughly ..."

3. Therapeutics, Materia Medica, and Pharmacy: Including the Special by Samuel Otway Lewis Potter (1909)
"diarrhea. Aquae, Oj. Castor Oil, in cathartic dose for diarrhea due to irritating material ... J of gray powder in various forms of infantile diarrhea (R). ..."

4. The Medical Clinics of North America by Michael C. Fiore, Stephen S. Entman, Charles B. Rush (1922)
"Four days ago the baby started to have a diarrhea. ... The diarrhea increased and the baby had a good deal of gas and seemed to suffer from colic. ..."

5. Diseases of the stomach, intestines, and pancreas by Robert Coleman Kemp (1917)
"In every diarrhea it is important to know whether it is produced by abnormal ... We may classify two forms of diarrhea: First, with intestinal lesions; ..."

6. A Practical Treatise on Medical Diagnosis for Students and Physicians by John Herr Musser (1913)
"diarrhea is due to increased peristaltic activity of the intestine, ... The following classification of diarrhea may be recognized: Nervous diarrhea. ..."

7. Nutrition and Clinical Dietetics by Herbert Swift Carter, Paul Edward Howe, Howard Harris Mason (1921)
"Drug diarrhea, due to ingestion of laxative drugs which if taken in excessive amount or over long periods, often continue the diarrhea after the complete ..."

8. A Handbook of materia medica, pharmacy and therapeutics by Samuel Otway Lewis Potter (1901)
"Kola, is useful in atonic diarrhea. Zinc Salts, are very efficient in the summer ... Calumba, in diarrhea due to relaxation of the mucous membrane and not ..."

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