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

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The parasite could cause eosinophilic meningitis and severe gastrointestinal or central nervous system disease in humans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Fox News, "Texas woman discovers horde of black worms known to carry dangerous parasite in backyard," 4 July 2019 Perhaps more striking, a stroke also ignited immune activity in the gastrointestinal tracts of the affected mice. Bret Stetka, Scientific American, "New Method for Tackling Stroke Restrains an Overactive Immune System," 2 July 2019 While there is little in common between AbbVie and Allergan’s core franchises, overlapping gastrointestinal franchises will likely need to be shed, according to Mr. Gal, the analyst. Jared S. Hopkins, WSJ, "Behind Spate of Drug Deals, the Need for Short-Term Growth," 25 June 2019 The program also tracks cases of gastrointestinal illnesses. Lillian Reed,, "How many passengers got sick on cruises leaving Baltimore? The CDC has an answer for that and more.," 13 June 2019 Burkitt lympoma, a form of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma which starts in immune cells called B-cells, can cause gastrointestinal problems, according to WebMD. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "Eastern Hancock coach battling cancer, 'fastest-growing human tumor' that exists," 5 June 2019 Orlistat is a gastrointestinal lipase inhibitor that works by blocking the absorption of 25 percent of the fat in a meal. Kimberly Garrison,, "Slim down for summer the healthy way | Kimberly Garrison," 4 June 2019 But many strains of E. coli exist harmlessly in your gastrointestinal tract, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explains. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Here’s Why You Should Always Wipe Front-to-Back," 9 Mar. 2019 Researchers compared it to injectable ceftriaxone and found promising results, with side effects mainly limited to mild gastrointestinal issues. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "New anti-gonorrhea drug called “metal as f–k”," 15 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of gastrointestinal

1831, in the meaning defined above

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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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