the branch of medicine that studies the gastrointestinal tract and its diseases
The study of the digestive system, from mouth to anus. May also include the study of accessory organs: pancreas, liver, gallbladder and bile ducts.
Origin: gastro-, from γαστήρ + enterology, from entero-, from ἔντερον.
Gastroenterology is a branch of medicine focused on the digestive system and its disorders. The name is a combination of three Ancient Greek words gaster, enteron, and logos. In the United States, Gastroenterology is an Internal Medicine Subspecialty certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine. Diseases affecting the gastrointestinal tract, which includes the organs from mouth to anus, along the alimentary canal, are the focus of this specialty. Physicians practicing in this field of medicine are called gastroenterologists. They have usually completed the eight years of pre-medical and medical education, the year-long internship, three years of an internal medicine residency, and two to three years in the gastroenterology fellowship. Some gastroenterology trainees will complete a "fourth-year" in Transplant Hepatology, Advanced Endoscopy, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, motility or other topics. Gastroenterology is not the same as colorectal or hepatobiliary surgery, which are specialty branches of general surgery.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
A subspecialty of internal medicine concerned with the study of the physiology and diseases of the digestive system and related structures (esophagus, liver, gallbladder, and pancreas).
The numerical value of gastroenterology in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of gastroenterology in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Images & Illustrations of gastroenterology
Translations for gastroenterology
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
Get even more translations for gastroenterology »
Find a translation for the gastroenterology definition in other languages:
Select another language:
Discuss these gastroenterology definitions with the community:
Word of the Day
Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?
Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:
"gastroenterology." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2017. Web. 20 Nov. 2017. <http://www.definitions.net/definition/gastroenterology>.