gas·​tro·​en·​ter·​i·​tis | \ ˌga-strō-ˌen-tə-ˈrī-təs How to pronounce gastroenteritis (audio) \

Definition of gastroenteritis

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

Examples of gastroenteritis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the 1990s, for example, the rotavirus gastroenteritis infection killed more than 130,000 children globally each year. Amitha Kalaichandran, Wired, 3 June 2021 Six Bulldogs, along with some Gonzaga coaches and staff, came down with viral gastroenteritis on Monday. Norma Gonzalez, The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 Mar. 2021 Some of the Apollo astronauts experienced upper respiratory tract infections and gastroenteritis, so a preflight quarantine was put in place. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 4 Mar. 2021 Childhood meningitis, sepsis, pneumonias, and gastroenteritis vanished. Sean Palfrey, STAT, 19 Dec. 2020 Her family took her to the infirmary, where she was seen by a doctor who diagnosed her with acute gastroenteritis. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, 1 Oct. 2020 The stomach flu, or gastroenteritis, can be caused by several different bacteria or viruses. Libby Richards, Quartz, 3 Oct. 2019 Norovirus is one of the most common causes of gastroenteritis in the world. Lisa Sanders, New York Times, 18 Mar. 2020 Injuries Rockets: Guards Eric Gordon (sore right knee) and Ben McLemore (gastroenteritis) are questionable. Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle, 9 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of gastroenteritis

circa 1829, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of gastroenteritis was circa 1829

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13 Jun 2021

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“Gastroenteritis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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gas·​tro·​en·​ter·​i·​tis | \ -ˌent-ə-ˈrīt-əs How to pronounce gastroenteritis (audio) \
plural gastroenteritides\ -​ˈrit-​ə-​ˌdēz How to pronounce gastroenteritis (audio) \

Medical Definition of gastroenteritis

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

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