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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Heath officials say swimming in the contaminated water can cause gastroenteritis, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections and other illnesses. USA TODAY, "Chicago cows, bras for turtles, gold rush: News from around our 50 states," 1 July 2019 Exposure can cause a range of health effects, including rashes, allergy-like reactions, flu-like symptoms, gastroenteritis, respiratory irritation, skin rashes and eye irritation. CBS News, "New Jersey's largest lake giving people rashes due to harmful algae bloom, officials warn," 28 June 2019 Viral infections like infectious hepatitis, gastroenteritis, and intestinal diseases can also be contracted. Peter Dawson, Houston Chronicle, "See which Houston-area beaches currently have dangerous fecal matter levels, per government readings," 21 June 2019 Cranberries curb antibiotic resistance In a new study from McGill University in Canada, researchers selected bacteria responsible for urinary tract infections, pneumonia, and gastroenteritis. Cynthia Sass, Mph,, "6 Health Benefits of Cranberries," 7 June 2019 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

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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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