Montezuma’s revenge

Definitions

Food

  • noun diarrhoea associated with travel in Mexico or eating Mexican food

Medical

  • noun a diarrhoea which affects people travelling in foreign countries, often due to eating unwashed fruit or drinking water which has not been boiled

Slang

  • noun an attack of diarrhoea. Heard all over the English-speaking world, this jocular expression is the American equivalent of Delhi belly or gyppy tummy. In Mexico, Montezuma (spelt ‘Moctezuma’ locally and by many academics), the 16th-century Aztec emperor, is a national hero.

Travel

  • noun diarrhoea which affects people travelling in foreign countries as a result of eating unwashed fruit or drinking water which has not been boiled
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