Definition of diaphoresis in English:


Pronunciation /ˌdīəfəˈrēsis/ /ˌdaɪəfəˈrisɪs/


  • Sweating, especially to an unusual degree as a symptom of disease or a side effect of a drug.

    ‘The first phase of toxicity includes anorexia, nausea, vomiting, malaise, and diaphoresis - symptoms for which acetaminophen may be administered.’
    • ‘The classic symptoms include headache, diaphoresis, palpitations, and paroxysmal hypertension.’
    • ‘The initial phase is followed by the abrupt development of clinical symptoms such as fever, diaphoresis, hemorrhagic meningitis, and shock.’
    • ‘If it becomes necessary to decrease or discontinue a patient's opioid therapy, a downward titration should be used so as not to precipitate withdrawal symptoms (chills, diaphoresis, abdominal cramping, vomiting).’
    • ‘Other nighttime symptoms frequently reported by parents include mouth breathing, diaphoresis, paradoxic rib-cage movement, restlessness, frequent awakenings, and witnessed apneic episodes.’
    perspiration, moisture, dampness, wetness, lather


Late 17th century via late Latin from Greek, from diaphorein ‘carry off, sweat out’, from dia ‘through’ + phorein ‘carry’.