gas·​tro·​in·​tes·​ti·​nal ˌga-strō-in-ˈte-stə-nᵊl How to pronounce gastrointestinal (audio)
: of, relating to, affecting, or including both stomach and intestine

Examples of gastrointestinal in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1831, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gastrointestinal was in 1831

Dictionary Entries Near gastrointestinal

Cite this Entry

“Gastrointestinal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


gas·​tro·​in·​tes·​ti·​nal ˌgas-trō-in-ˈtes-tən-ᵊl How to pronounce gastrointestinal (audio)
: of, relating to, or including both stomach and intestine

Medical Definition


gas·​tro·​in·​tes·​ti·​nal ˌgas-trō-in-ˈtes-tən-ᵊl, -ˈtes(t)-nəl How to pronounce gastrointestinal (audio)
: of, relating to, or affecting both stomach and intestine
gastrointestinal distress

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