• WordNet 3.6
    • n diarrhoea frequent and watery bowel movements; can be a symptom of infection or food poisoning or colitis or a gastrointestinal tumor
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Diarrhoea dī-a-rē′a a persistent purging or looseness of the bowels
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. diarroiadia, through, and rhein, to flow.


In literature:

A female, aged 27 years, was attacked in December 1829 with a sore mouth, accompanied with diarrhoea and profuse salivation.
"A Dissertation on the Medical Properties and Injurious Effects of the Habitual Use of Tobacco" by A. McAllister
The principal causes were an acute form of diarrhoea and tonsilitis.
"The 28th: A Record of War Service in the Australian Imperial Force, 1915-19, Vol. I" by Herbert Brayley Collett
Dose: One pill every three to six hours for diarrhoea and dysentery.
"The Ladies Book of Useful Information" by Anonymous
Diarrhoea.= Apply warm bandages to the belly.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
Diarrhoea, reason for, 144; treatment of, 82.
"Health on the Farm" by H. F. Harris
Even among the workmen there is already discernible a tendency to diarrhoea and dysentery.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
Then the diarrhoea had prostrated him, and I felt that he was even then the same as dying.
"Whitman" by John Burroughs
Then we had my birthday feast a week late, owing to diarrhoea on the proper occasion.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
She had awful pains, and diarrhoea, and was sick; and then she died, poor thing.
"Coquette" by Frank Swinnerton
DIARRHOEA is ordinarily caused by an infection, or by an offending substance in the intestines.
"American Red Cross Text-Book on Home Hygiene and Care of the Sick" by Jane A. Delano

In news:

In October 2004, a 49-year-old alcohol-dependent woman was admitted to our hospital with a 2—3 week history of vomiting, profuse diarrhoea, abdominal cramps, and fever.
Little is known about whether patients who develop Clostridium-difficile -associated diarrhoea (CDAD) are culture-positive or culture-negative before illness.
Most cases of diarrhoea-associated haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS) are caused by Shiga-toxin-producing bacteria.
Abdominal pain, diarrhoea, and nausea are characteristic of endometriosis.
Germany's biggest outbreak of food poisoning, in which more than 11,000 schoolchildren have been laid low by diarrhoea and vomiting, is "very likely" to have been caused by a batch of frozen strawberries, authorities said on Friday.
GlaxoSmithKline's Rotarix vaccine has been chosen for Britain's first routine rotavirus immunisation programme to protect babies and children against the most common cause of severe diarrhoea and vomiting.
Zinc supplementation can reduce subsequent morbidity in children recovering from diarrhoea and respiratory illness in developing countries.
She had been diagnosed with colonic Crohn 's disease in March, 1989, after presenting with weight loss and diarrhoea.
There has been an increase in vomiting and diarrhoea among patients at Belfast City Hospital, the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust has warned.

In science:

Available diagnostic tests are applied to stool specimens of patients with diarrhoea, using one of the following three methods, with details to be specified.
Confidence bounds for the sensitivity lack of a less specific diagnostic test, without gold standard