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From Middle French diarrie (French diarrhée), from Late Latin diarrhoea, from Ancient Greek διάρροια ‎(diárrhoia, through-flowing), from διά ‎(diá, through) + ῥέω ‎(rhéō, flow).



diarrhea ‎(countable and uncountable, plural diarrheas)

  1. A condition in which the sufferer has frequent and watery bowel movements.
  2. (chiefly US, Britain) The watery excrement that comes from such bowel movements.
    • 2008, Danna Korn and Connie Sarros, Gluten-Free Cooking for Dummies, Chapter 1:
      My Pampers bill is higher than your paycheck, my hands are raw from washing them every six minutes, and I do eight loads of laundry a day because everything we own is covered in diarrhea, and you want me to "plug him up" and wait another three weeks?
    • 2009, Daniel Everett, Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes, page 47:
      I looked and saw that she and her hammock were covered in diarrhea.
    • 2014, L. A. Knight, Dog Training the American Male, 221:
      Why was she covered in diarrhea?

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  • Diarrhea is the American and Canadian spelling; diarrhoea is the British spelling.



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