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steatorrhea

 [ste″ah-to-re´ah]
excess fat in the feces due to a malabsorption syndrome caused by disease of the intestinal mucosa (e.g., sprue) or pancreatic enzyme deficiency.

ste·a·tor·rhe·a

(stē'ă-tō-rē'ă),
Passage of fat in large amounts in the feces, due to failure to digest and absorb it; occurs in pancreatic disease and the malabsorption syndromes. Synonym(s): fat indigestion
Synonym(s): stearrhea
[steato- + G. rhoia, a flow]

steatorrhea

/ste·a·tor·rhea/ (-re´ah) excess fat in feces.

steatorrhea

(stē′ə-tə-rē′ə, stē-ăt′ə-)
n.
1. Overaction of the sebaceous glands.
2. Excessive discharge of fat in the feces.

steatorrhea

[stē′ətərē′ə]
Etymology: Gk, stear, fat, rhoia, flow
greater than normal amounts of fat in the feces, characterized by frothy foul-smelling fecal matter that floats, as in celiac disease, some malabsorption syndromes, and any condition in which fats are poorly absorbed by the small intestine.

steatorrhea

Gastroenterology The passage of fatty stools Etiology Pancreatic insufficiency, malabsorption, ↑ fat in stools–eg, olestra, ingestion of substances–eg, orlistat–Xenical® that ↓ fat absorption

ste·a·tor·rhe·a

, stearrhea (stē'ă-tŏr-ē'ă, stē'ă-rēă)
Passage of fat in large amounts in the feces due to failure to digest and absorb it; occurs in pancreatic disease and the malabsorption syndromes; an absence of bile acids will increase steatorrhea.
Synonym(s): steatorrhoea.
[steato- + G. rhoia, a flow]

Steatorrhea

An excessive amount of fat in the stool.

steatorrhea

excess fat in the feces due to a malabsorption syndrome caused by disease of the intestinal mucosa or pancreatic enzyme deficiency. The feces are bulky, greasy, malodorous and pale in color.

pancreatic steatorrhea
see exocrine pancreatic insufficiency.