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  1. enterics, Bacteriology. enterobacteria.

Origin of enteric

From the Greek word enterikós, dating back to 1865–70. See enter-, -ic
Related formsnon·en·ter·ic, adjective
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enteral (ˈɛntərəl)

  1. intestinal
Derived Formsenterally, adverb

Word Origin for enteric

C19: from Greek enterikos, from enteron intestine
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Word Origin and History for enteric

"pertaining to the intestines," 1869, from Greek enterikos "intestinal," first used in this sense by Aristotle, from entera (plural; singular enteron) "intestines," from PIE *enter-, comparative of *en "in" (see inter-).

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enteric in Medicine


  1. Of, relating to, or within the intestine.
  2. By way of the intestine; enteral.
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