diarrhea
noun Etymology: Middle English diaria, from Late Latin diarrhoea, from Greek diarrhoia, from diarrhein to flow through, from dia- + rhein to flow — more at stream Date: 14th century 1. abnormally frequent intestinal evacuations with more or less fluid stools 2. excessive flow <
verbal diarrhea
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diarrheal adjectivediarrheic adjectivediarrhetic adjective

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  • diarrhea — (n.) late 14c., from O.Fr. diarrie, from L.L. diarrhoea, from Gk. diarrhoia diarrhea (coined by Hippocrates), lit. a flowing through, from diarrhein to flow through, from dia through (see DIA (Cf. dia )) + rhein to flow (see RHEUM ( …   Etymology dictionary

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • diarrhea — [n] loose bowels dysentery, flux, Montezuma’s revenge*, the runs*, the trots*; concept 306 …   New thesaurus

  • diarrhea — [dī΄ə rē′ə] n. [ME diarea < OFr diarrie & LL diarrhoea < Gr diarrhoia < dia , through + rhein, to flow: see STREAM] excessive frequency and looseness of bowel movements: chiefly Brit. sp. diarrhoea diarrheal adj. diarrheic diarrhetic… …   English World dictionary

  • diarrhea — 1. (diarrhea) (2561↑, 160↓) Flaming liquid shit that makes you scream with pain, clench your teeth, grab hard onto the nearest solid object so that you don t get blown away, and wonder how you re still alive when it s over. My diarrhea is so bad… …   Urban English dictionary

  • Diarrhea — For other uses, see Diarrhea (disambiguation). Diarrhea An electron micrograph …   Wikipedia

  • diarrhea — diarrheal, diarrheic, diarrhetic /duy euh ret ik/, diarrhoeal, diarrhoeic, diarrhoetic, adj. /duy euh ree euh/, n. Pathol. an intestinal disorder characterized by abnormal frequency and fluidity of fecal evacuations. Also, diarrhoea. [1350 1400;… …   Universalium

  • Diarrhea — A familiar phenomenon with unusually frequent or unusually liquid bowel movements, excessive watery evacuations of fecal material. The opposite of constipation. The word “diarrhea” with its odd spelling is a near steal from the Greek “diarrhoia”… …   Medical dictionary

  • diarrhea — n. 1) to come down with; have diarrhea 2) severe diarrhea 3) an attack of diarrhea …   Combinatory dictionary

  • diarrhea — noun an outbreak of diarrhea in the camp Syn: loose stools; informal the runs, the trots, the squirts, Montezuma s revenge, turista; Medicine dysentery; archaic the flux Ant: constipation …   Thesaurus of popular words

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