gas·​tro·​en·​ter·​i·​tis | \ˌga-strō-ˌen-tə-ˈrī-təs \

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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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 Alaska’s Department of Health & Social Services said eight inmates at the Anvil Mountain Correctional Center contracted acute gastroenteritis in E. coli cases linked to romaine lettuce from Yuma. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "CDC Warns Against Eating Any Kind of Romaine Lettuce After E. Coli Outbreak," 20 Apr. 2018 The point guard did not attend the morning shootaround because of gastroenteritis and was listed as questionable for the game. Keith Pompey,, "Sixers' Dario Saric leaves game with chipped tooth, cut lip," 10 Apr. 2018

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circa 1829, in the meaning defined above

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gas·​tro·​en·​ter·​i·​tis | \-ˌent-ə-ˈrīt-əs \
plural gastroenteritides\-​ˈrit-​ə-​ˌdēz \

Medical Definition of gastroenteritis 

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

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