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

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Stomach Flu Viral infections or bacteria are usually the cause of gastroenteritis, also known as the stomach flu or stomach bug. Lindsay Carlton, Fox News, "Back-to-school germs 101: What you need to know," 7 Sep. 2018 The stomach flu The stomach flu, also known as viral gastroenteritis, is a common intestinal infection that can cause nausea, vomiting, watery diarrhea, stomach cramps, and sometimes a fever, the Mayo Clinic says. Korin Miller, SELF, "8 Vomiting Causes to Consider Next Time You’re Really Sick," 18 Jan. 2019 Some cause gastroenteritis or bladder infections while others cause conjunctivitis (pinkeye). Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "A look at the virus behind seven deaths at a New Jersey facility," 25 Oct. 2018 The reserve power forward is still battling gastroenteritis. Keith Pompey,, "Sixers' Richaun Holmes remains sidelined," 17 Jan. 2018 Dario Saric is questionable for Tuesday night’s game against the Indiana Pacers at the Wells Fargo Center because of gastroenteritis. Keith Pompey,, "Sixers' Dario Saric questionable with gastroenteritis," 13 Mar. 2018 As the leading cause of gastroenteritis in the United States, norovirus can get all over bathrooms when people poop or vomit it out. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "Wearing Shoes Indoors: How Many Germs Are We Talking, Exactly?," 10 Apr. 2018 Ben Simmons had 14 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, two steals and six turnovers after being listed as questionable with gastroenteritis earlier in day. Keith Pompey,, "Sixers beat Hawks for 15th straight win, turn attention to Milwaukee," 10 Apr. 2018 About 12 to 48 hours after contracting the virus, norovirus’s symptoms — nausea, cramps, vomiting and diarrhea, collectively called acute gastroenteritis — set in. Matthew Ormseth,, "Western Connecticut State University Closes Monday After Norovirus Sickens 100 Students," 23 Apr. 2018

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

Medical Definition of gastroenteritis

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

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