gas·​tro·​en·​ter·​i·​tis ˌga-strō-ˌen-tə-ˈrī-təs How to pronounce gastroenteritis (audio)
: 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 humans, Aeromonas have often been considered a cause of gastroenteritis. Ashley Belanger, Ars Technica, 1 Sep. 2023 Last Updated: Live Coverage Feed 2 hours ago Released Hostages Suffering Stomach Distress, Doctor Says Several of the hostages released by Hamas on Friday are suffering from gastroenteritis, according to a doctor who spoke to them. Isabel Coles, WSJ, 24 Nov. 2023 In a statement in May 2022, police said Cairo died as a result of an electrolyte imbalance likely caused by viral gastroenteritis, per a toxicology and autopsy report. Liam Quinn, Peoplemag, 8 Nov. 2023 Last week, your children were all exposed to pirate’s gastroenteritis. Claire Friedman, The New Yorker, 13 Nov. 2023 The changing climate has affected people in painful ways, Siddiqui said, including high-grade fevers, vomiting, diarrhea and related diseases such as gastroenteritis. Annie Gowen, Niko Kommenda and Saiyna Bashir, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Sep. 2023 Infections of the strain of adenovirus most frequently associated with gastroenteritis—adenovirus F40/41—jumped exceptionally high, according to Dr. Banaei, to twice pre-pandemic levels. Julia Ries, Health, 30 Aug. 2023 Enteric adenoviruses, types 40 and 41, are known to cause gastroenteritis (an inflammation of the stomach and intestines), particularly in children. Sherry Christiansen Updated, Verywell Health, 3 Aug. 2023 The 44-year-old woman is suing the makers for both drugs Novo Nordisk and Eli Lilly for failing to warn of the risk of gastroparesis and gastroenteritis. Anthony Robledo, USA TODAY, 9 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1829, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gastroenteritis was circa 1829

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“Gastroenteritis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition


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

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