What does gastroenteritis mean?

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  1. (medicine) Inflammation of the mucous membranes of the stomach and intestine; often caused by an infection.
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The second most common childhood illness is gastroenteritis, more commonly known as the stomach flu.
In 1997, 2436 faeces samples from patients of gastroenteritis were processed for enteric pathogens.
This provision is extended to enteric fever, dysentery, diphtheria, scarlet fever, acute inflammation of the throat, gastroenteritis, and undulant fever.
One parent said her daughter and classmates had suffered several bouts of gastroenteritis, due to the lack of soap and hand driers.
Common gastrointestinal complaints such as gastroenteritis, gastritis, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea may occur in recovering patients.
The findings come in the wake of a health scare for the Queen, which saw her rushed to hospital with a bout of gastroenteritis.

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