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[gas-troh-in-tes-tuh-nl] /ˌgæs troʊ ɪnˈtɛs tə nl/
adjective, Anatomy
of, pertaining to, or affecting the stomach and intestines.
1825-35; gastro- + intestinal Unabridged
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  • Also, people tend to eat dirt when they're suffering from gastrointestinal distress.
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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