the medical specialty that is concerned with disorders of the digestive system
Origin of gastroenterologygastro- + enter(o)- + -ology
The branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and disorders of the digestive system.
- gas′tro·en′ter·o·log′ic , gas′tro·en′ter·o·log′i·cal
- The study of the digestive system, from mouth to anus. May also include the study of accessory organs: pancreas, liver, gallbladder and bile ducts.
gastro-, from Ancient Greek γαστήρ (gastēr, “belly”) + enterology, from entero-, from Ancient Greek ἔντερον (enteron, “intestine”).