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 History of this Word

"gastro" is from "gastr" (belly) spoken by people of Greece starting about 1000 B.C.

Notes

In this sense, it is a word added to another word to form a new word.

More words with this prefix,
gastritis
gastrin

Words related to this meaning

grammar is modifier

"gastro-" is a type of prefix

Definition

A prefix added to the start of a word. Indicates that "stomach" or "abdomen" modifies the word. Created to expand meanings. Can be used with many words to form new words.

Examples of how the word is used

gastro- illustration Rapid gastric emptying happens when the lower end of the small intestine fills too quickly with undigested food from the stomach.
gastro- illustration Gastropods are also sometimes known as "Univalves", because they possess a single shell.