Diarrhea

Alternative Names

Stools – watery; Frequent bowel movements; Loose bowel movements

Definition of Diarrhea

Diarrhea is loose, watery, and frequent stool. Diarrhea is considered chronic (long-term) when you have had loose or frequent stools for more than 4 weeks.

Review

David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. – 2/8/2010

Campylobacter jejuni organism
Digestive system
Cryptosporidium, organism
Diarrhea

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