Definition of steatorrhea in English:


(British steatorrhoea)

Pronunciation /ˌstēətəˈrēə/ /ˌstiətəˈriə/


  • The excretion of abnormal quantities of fat with the feces owing to reduced absorption of fat by the intestine.

    ‘Reducing the intake of fat might reduce nausea, steatorrhoea, and diarrhea often associated with giardiasis.’
    • ‘Associated manifestations that may cause complications include the gluten-sensitive enteropathy, which can cause steatorrhea, abnormal D-xylose absorption, and anemia.’
    • ‘Severe abdominal pain is the most common presentation, and diabetes mellitus and steatorrhoea often result from long-standing disease1.’
    • ‘As many people present atypically with coeliac disease as present with the more classical triad of steatorrhoea, diarrhoea, and weight loss.’
    • ‘The severity of symptoms will depend upon the amount and the specific location of small intestine involved but may include diarrhea, steatorrhea, foul-smelling flatulence, and weakness.’