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[gas-troh-in-tes-tuh-nl] /ˌgæs troʊ ɪnˈtɛs tə nl/
adjective, Anatomy.
of, relating to, or affecting the stomach and intestines.
Origin of gastrointestinal
First recorded in 1825-35; gastro- + intestinal Unabridged
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  • Examination on autopsy revealed inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract.

    The Toxicity of Caffein William Salant
  • Larger amounts are not uncommon in fevers, gastrointestinal disturbances, and certain nervous disorders.

    A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis James Campbell Todd
  • If death is not caused soon, the irritation of the gastrointestinal tract and malnutrition will last for a long time.

    Special Report on Diseases of Cattle U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Acetic acid is irritant to the gastrointestinal tract, and may cause sudden paralysis of the heart.

    Special Report on Diseases of Cattle U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • If gastrointestinal symptoms predominate, acute gastric catarrh or inflammation of the intestines might be thought of.

    Special Report on Diseases of Cattle U.S. Department of Agriculture
British Dictionary definitions for gastrointestinal


of or relating to the stomach and intestinal tract
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Word Origin and History for gastrointestinal

1831, from gastro- + intestinal.

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gastrointestinal in Medicine

gastrointestinal gas·tro·in·tes·ti·nal (gās'trō-ĭn-těs'tə-nəl)

Abbr. GI Relating to the stomach and the intestines.

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