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 Avoid the following foods: High-fat foods fried or greasy foods, tomato products, caffeine, alcohol, and carbonated beverages Take Motrin or Advil (ibuprofen) or Aleve (naproxen) to ease symptoms and inflammation if your colic is due to gastroenteritis, ulcerative colitis, or Crohn's disease. Anna Giorgi, Verywell Health, 12 July 2024 Vomiting Vomiting and stomach ache typically accompany diarrhea as part of an acute gastroenteritis or stomach virus in kids. Vincent Iannelli, Parents, 1 July 2024 Treatment will depend on the underlying cause. Antibiotics, for example, can treat a bacterial infection like gastroenteritis or H. pylori, which causes peptic ulcers. Dr. Roshini Raj, Health, 17 June 2024 Different types of bacteria can cause bacterial gastroenteritis, including E. coli and Salmonella.1 The diets people typically consume in warmer temperatures may also play a role, Sethi said. Maggie O'Neill, Verywell Health, 17 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for gastroenteritis 

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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 24 Jul. 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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