a combining form meaning “stomach,” used in the formation of compound words: gastrology.

Also especially before a vowel, gastr-.

Origin of gastro-

< Greek, combining form of gastḗr Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for gastro-


often before a vowel gastr-

combining form

stomachgastroenteritis; gastritis

Word Origin for gastro-

from Greek gastēr
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Word Origin and History for gastro-

scientific word-forming element meaning "stomach," before vowels gastr-, from Greek gastro-, comb. form of gaster (genitive gastros) "belly, paunch" (see gastric).

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gastro- in Medicine



Stomach; gastric:gastritis.
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