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 Some symptoms of poop eating include gastroenteritis, vomiting and diarrhea, decreased appetite, tiredness and intestinal parasites, according to Muenster Milling. Olivia Munson, USA TODAY, 14 July 2022 But the park service warns that an acute case of gastroenteritis in an extremely hot, physically demanding environment can easily become dangerous. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 28 June 2022 Both food poisoning and the stomach bug, also called viral gastroenteritis, can wreak havoc on your G.I. system—with symptoms like stomach cramps, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and fever—but there are some key differences worth noting. Sara Lindberg, SELF, 2 June 2022 The autopsy of the boy, believed to be about 5 years old, shows that the electrolyte imbalance was likely caused by viral gastroenteritis, the Indiana State Police said in a news release. Michelle Watson, CNN, 28 May 2022 Notably, gastroenteritis-causing pathogens are less common among seagrass meadows. Sean Mowbray, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 May 2022 Though symptoms are usually mild, gastroenteritis can be fatal. Sean Mowbray, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 May 2022 The majority of the children who have developed this condition have fully recovered, said Dr. Umesh Parashar, chief of the viral gastroenteritis branch in the division of viral diseases at CDC. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, 7 May 2022 This kind of virus typically spreads through germs found in feces and causes vomiting and diarrhea, Dr. Umesh Parashar, head of the viral gastroenteritis branch of the CDC's Division of Viral Diseases, said during the agency's media briefing Friday. Erika Edwards, NBC News, 6 May 2022 See More

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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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31 Jul 2022

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“Gastroenteritis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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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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