[ en-ter-uhl ]
/ ˈɛn tər əl /
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Origin of enteral

First recorded in 1900–05; enter- + -al1


en·ter·al·ly, adverb
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What does enteral mean?

Enteral is a medical term that means within, by way of, or related to the intestines.

A much more common word for this is intestinal. A close synonym is enteric.

In medicine, enteral nutrition involves introducing nutrients through a tube into the stomach or small intestine.

The related word enteron is a technical name for the digestive tract or the gastrointestinal tract, which includes the intestines.

Example: Restarting enteral nutrition is an important part of the recovery process.

Where does enteral come from?

The first records of the word enteral come from the early 1900s. The root entero- is used in many words related to the intestines, such as enterology (the branch of medicine dealing with the intestines). It comes from the Greek énteron, meaning “intestine.”

Within the medical field, the term enteral is used to describe a range of different things either found in or related to the intestines, especially the small intestine. The word enteral is contrasted with the word parenteral, which means not in the intestine or taken into the body in a manner other than through the digestive canal. For example, the term parenteral nutrition often refers to nutrients given to a patient intravenously (through an IV).

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  • enterally (adverb)

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How is enteral used in real life?

Enteral is used in a medical context.


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Enteral means the same thing as intestinal.

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Medical definitions for enteral

[ ĕntər-əl ]


Within or by way of the intestine, as distinguished from parenteral.

Other words from enteral

enter•al•ly adv.
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