WORDS THAT USE GASTROENTERO-
What does gastroentero- mean?
Gastroentero- is a combining form used like a prefix to refer to the stomach and intestine. It is occasionally used in medical terms, especially in pathology. The form is a combination of gastro-, meaning “stomach,” and entero-, meaning “intestine.” The stomach and intestines are organs in the digestive system.
Gastro- comes from the Greek gastḗr, meaning “stomach.” Entero- comes from the Greek énteron, meaning “intestine.”
What are variants of gastroentero-?
When combined with words or word elements that begin with a vowel, gastroentero- becomes gastroenter-, as in gastroenteritis.
Examples of gastroentero-
One example of a medical term that features the combining form gastroentero- is gastroenterotomy, “incision into the stomach and the intestine.”
As we already know, gastroentero- means “stomach and intestine.” The -tomy portion of the word means “cutting, incision,” from Greek -tomia, and gastroenterotomy literally translates to “cutting of the stomach and intestine.”
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