na·​so·​gas·​tric ˌnā-zō-ˈga-strik How to pronounce nasogastric (audio)
: being or performed by intubation of the stomach through the nasal passages
a nasogastric tube

Examples of nasogastric in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After her admission to the Eating Recovery Center, Naomi spent a few days lying in bed, being fed by a nasogastric tube, which pushed fluids and nutrients down her throat and into her stomach. Katie Engelhart, New York Times, 3 Jan. 2024 She was accused of deliberately harming the newborn infants in various ways, including by injecting air into their bloodstreams and administering air or milk into their stomachs via nasogastric tubes. Sylvia Hui and Brian Melley, USA TODAY, 19 Aug. 2023 British Nurse Lucy Letby Blames 'Raw Sewage' for Unexplained Infant Deaths in NICU Letby is also accused of murdering Child O by injecting him with air intravenously and via a nasogastric tube. Kirsty Hatcher, Peoplemag, 21 June 2023 Letby allegedly told the terrified mother not to worry and that the bleeding was caused by throat irritation from a nasogastric tube. Tristan Balagtas, Peoplemag, 27 Apr. 2023 Prosecutors for the Crown said Letby used a nasogastric tube to inject air and fluid into the infant's stomach to kill him, the BBC reports. Kc Baker, Peoplemag, 6 Apr. 2023 Because no relief was obtained from nasogastric suction, consultation with a surgeon was requested. Seriously Science, Discover Magazine, 20 July 2018 Last week, Letby's supervisor testified, recounting what happened to one premature baby, who prosecutors believe had air forced into his stomach via a nasogastric tube. Steve Helling, Peoplemag, 9 Nov. 2022 The prosecution said Letby caused the premature newborn's sudden collapse and death during the night shift of June 13, 2015, by injecting a fatal amount of air into his stomach via a nasogastric tube (NGT), according to the BBC. Jon Brown, Fox News, 2 Nov. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1942, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nasogastric was in 1942

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“Nasogastric.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition


na·​so·​gas·​tric -ˈgas-trik How to pronounce nasogastric (audio)
: of, relating to, being, or performed by intubation of the stomach by way of the nasal passages
insertion of a nasogastric tube
nasogastric suction
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