gas·​tro·​in·​tes·​ti·​nal | \ ˌga-strō-in-ˈte-stə-nᵊl How to pronounce gastrointestinal (audio) , -ˈtes(t)-nəl \

Definition of gastrointestinal

: of, relating to, affecting, or including both stomach and intestine

Examples of gastrointestinal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even with an expandable gastrointestinal tract, a snake can’t digest and break down a golf ball. Washington Post, "A snake swallowed a golf ball and was left for dead. It’s joining several rescued animals returning to the wild.," 1 May 2021 The most likely other possibility is some sort of enteric fever, like something that is maybe gastrointestinal. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, "Human Teeth Hold the Secrets of Ancient Plagues," 26 Apr. 2021 Even the bodily troubles many long-haulers experience — such as a racing heart rate, gastrointestinal distress, and shortness of breath — may originate in the brain., "Fatigue, headaches, and worse: For some, neurologic symptoms are lingering after COVID," 12 Apr. 2021 When brewed into a tea, the plant is considered an immunity-boosting treatment for a wide variety of ailments including gastrointestinal distress, fever, and asthma. Shoshi Parks, Bon Appétit, "How to Use Lemongrass, the MVP of Aromatics," 23 Mar. 2021 Excess Clostridium difficile, for example, can trigger gastrointestinal distress. Popular Science, "The future of probiotics and gut microbiomes is bright," 27 Feb. 2021 The syndrome plays out differently in different individuals, with some showing neurological signs such as lack of coordination and seizures, and others suffering gastrointestinal distress—or both. Rachel Nuwer, Scientific American, "Pathogen Discovered That Kills Endangered Chimps; Is It a Threat to Humans?," 3 Feb. 2021 Swimming in water with high levels of bacteria can cause gastrointestinal distress and irritation of the eyes, ears and skin, the group’s website warns. Susannah Bryan,, "How dirty are Fort Lauderdale’s waterways? We’re about to find out," 24 Oct. 2020 These short-chain carbohydrates are difficult for our bodies to digest, can produce gas, and increase fluid to our colon—ultimately causing diarrhea and gastrointestinal distress in some people. Natasha Lavender, SELF, "6 Types of Foods That Could Make Your Ulcerative Colitis Symptoms Worse," 21 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of gastrointestinal

1831, in the meaning defined above

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12 May 2021

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“Gastrointestinal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of gastrointestinal

medical : of or relating to both the stomach and the intestines


gas·​tro·​in·​tes·​ti·​nal | \ ˌgas-trō-in-ˈtes-tən-ᵊl, -ˈtes(t)-nəl How to pronounce gastrointestinal (audio) \

Medical Definition of gastrointestinal

: of, relating to, or affecting both stomach and intestine gastrointestinal distress

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