Diarrhoea
Diarrhea Di`ar*rhe"a, Diarrhoea Di`ar*rh[oe]"a, (d[imac]`ar*r[=e]"[.a]), n. [L. diarrhoea, Gr. dia`rroia, fr. dia`rrei^n to flow through; dia` + "rei^n to flow; akin to E. stream. See {Stream}.] (Med.) 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.

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  • DIARRHOEA — Cyrenaicae reg. portus, Ptol. Zanara Marmolio …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • diarrhoea — variant spelling of DIARRHEA (Cf. diarrhea) (q.v.); see also OE (Cf. oe) …   Etymology dictionary

  • diarrhoea — is spelt in this way in BrE and diarrhea in AmE …   Modern English usage

  • diarrhoea — (US diarrhea) ► NOUN ▪ a condition in which faeces are discharged from the bowels frequently and in a liquid form. DERIVATIVES diarrhoeal adjective diarrhoeic adjective. ORIGIN Greek diarrhoia, from diarrhein «flow through» …   English terms dictionary

  • diarrhoea — n. 1) to come down with; have diarrhoea 2) severe diarrhoea 3) an attack of diarrhoea * * * [ˌdaɪə rɪə] have diarrhoea an attack of diarrhoea severe diarrhoea to come down with …   Combinatory dictionary

  • diarrhoea — [16] Diarrhoea means literally ‘through flow’ (and hence semantically is a parallel formation to diabetes). It comes via late Latin diarrhoea from Greek diárrhoia, a term coined by the physician Hippocrates for ‘abnormally frequent defecation’.… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • diarrhoea — [16] Diarrhoea means literally ‘through flow’ (and hence semantically is a parallel formation to diabetes). It comes via late Latin diarrhoea from Greek diárrhoia, a term coined by the physician Hippocrates for ‘abnormally frequent defecation’.… …   Word origins

  • diarrhoea — n. frequent bowel evacuation or the passage of abnormally soft or liquid faeces. It may be caused by intestinal infections, other forms of intestinal inflammation (such as colitis or Crohn s disease), malabsorption, anxiety, and the irritable… …   Medical dictionary

  • diarrhoea — (AmE diarrhea) noun ADJECTIVE ▪ severe ▪ mild ▪ acute, chronic ▪ intermittent, persistent …   Collocations dictionary

  • diarrhoea — di|ar|rhoea BrE diarrhea AmE [ˌdaıəˈrıə] n [U] [Date: 1500 1600; : Late Latin; Origin: diarrhoea, from Greek diarrhein to flow through ] an illness in which waste from the ↑bowels is watery and comes out often …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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