gastroenteritis


gas·tro·en·ter·i·tis

noun \ˌgas-trō-ˌen-tə-ˈrī-təs\

Definition of GASTROENTERITIS

:  inflammation of the lining membrane of the stomach and the intestines characterized especially by nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and cramps

First Known Use of GASTROENTERITIS

circa 1829

Rhymes with GASTROENTERITIS

gas·tro·en·ter·i·tis

noun \-ˌent-ə-ˈrīt-əs\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural gas·tro·en·ter·it·i·des \-ˈrit-ə-ˌdēz\

Medical Definition of GASTROENTERITIS

: inflammation of the lining membrane of the stomach and the intestines

gastroenteritis

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Acute infectious syndrome of the stomach lining and intestines. Symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, and abdominal cramps. Severity varies from transient diarrhea to life-threatening dehydration, children and the very old being more at risk for the latter. Many microorganisms produce it, either by secreting toxins or by invading the gut walls. Forms of gastroenteritis include food poisoning, cholera, and traveler's diarrhea. Depending on cause and severity, treatment includes antibiotics or simply supportive care.

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