steatorrhea

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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

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

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.