gas·​tro·​en·​ter·​ol·​o·​gy ˌga-strō-ˌen-tə-ˈrä-lə-jē How to pronounce gastroenterology (audio)
: a branch of medicine concerned with the structure, functions, diseases, and pathology of the stomach and intestines
gastroenterological adjective
gastroenterologist noun

Examples of gastroenterology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But when his symptoms persisted long after his teammates got better, his father — who was a physician — connected him with a gastroenterology specialist at UC San Diego. Lauren J. Mapp, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Oct. 2023 Oral bisphosphonates may cause swelling and pain in the lower esophagus, Vivek Kaul, MD, a professor of medicine in the gastroenterology and hepatology division at the University of Rochester Medical Center, told Health. Amanda Gardner, Health, 29 Oct. 2023 According to a recent gastroenterology study, nearly 20% of the general population experience bloating at least once a week, and Dartmouth University research found that 15% to 30% of the general US population experience bloating. Danielle Sinay, Glamour, 17 Oct. 2023 In addition to anesthesia services, private-equity firms have acquired dermatology, gastroenterology and ophthalmology practices. Gretchen Morgenson, NBC News, 21 Sep. 2023 It had only been modeled for gastroenterology; basically, stomach problems. WIRED, 19 Sep. 2023 All medical fields require nurses, from gastroenterology to psychiatry, nephrology, neonatal care and dermatology. Jon Stojan, USA TODAY, 4 Aug. 2023 Podiatry, wound care, women's wellness and gastroenterology services have also been suspended. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, 4 Aug. 2023 It is rated high-performing in three adult specialties — gastroenterology and GI surgery; orthopedics, and pulmonology and lung surgery — along with 15 procedures and conditions. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, 3 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


International Scientific Vocabulary

First Known Use

circa 1904, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gastroenterology was circa 1904

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“Gastroenterology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


gas·​tro·​en·​ter·​ol·​o·​gy -ˌent-ə-ˈräl-ə-jē How to pronounce gastroenterology (audio)
plural gastroenterologies
: a branch of medicine concerned with the structure, functions, diseases, and pathology of the stomach and intestines
gastroenterological adjective
also gastroenterologic
gastroenterological disorders
a gastroenterological procedure

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