gastrointestinal tract


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tract

 [trakt]
a longitudinal assemblage of tissues or organs, especially a number of anatomic structures arranged in series and serving a common function, such as the gastrointestinal or urinary tract; also used in reference to a bundle (or fasciculus) of nerve fibers having a common origin, function, and termination within the central nervous system.
alimentary tract alimentary canal.
biliary tract the organs, ducts, and other structures that participate in secretion (the liver), storage (the gallbladder), and delivery (hepatic and bile ducts) of bile into the duodenum. See illustration.
Anatomy of the gallbladder and biliary tract. From Aspinall and Taylor-Robinson, 2002.
corticospinal t's two groups of nerve fibers (the anterior and lateral corticospinal tracts) that originate in the cerebral cortex and run through the spinal cord.
digestive tract alimentary canal.
dorsolateral tract a group of nerve fibers in the lateral funiculus of the spinal cord dorsal to the posterior column.
extrapyramidal tract extrapyramidal system.
gastrointestinal tract the stomach and intestine in continuity; see also digestive system.
iliotibial tract a thickened longitudinal band of fascia lata extending from the tensor muscle downward to the lateral condyle of the tibia.
intestinal tract see intestinal tract.
optic tract the nerve tract proceeding backward from the optic chiasm, around the cerebral peduncle, and dividing into a lateral and medial root, which end in the superior colliculus and lateral geniculate body, respectively.
pyramidal t's collections of motor nerve fibers arising in the brain and passing down through the spinal cord to motor cells in the anterior horns.
respiratory tract respiratory system.
urinary tract the organs and passageways concerned in the production and excretion of urine from the kidneys to the urinary meatus; see also urinary system.
uveal tract the vascular tunic of the eye, comprising the choroid, ciliary body, and iris.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

gas·tro·in·tes·ti·nal tract

(G.I. tract) the stomach, small intestine, and large intestine; often used as a synonym of digestive tract.
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

gas·tro·in·tes·ti·nal tract

(gastrō-in-testi-năl trakt)
Stomach, small intestine, and large intestine; often used to mean digestive tract.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

gastrointestinal tract

See ALIMENTARY CANAL.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005

Gastrointestinal tract

The entire length of the digestive system, running from the stomach, through the small intestine, large intestine, and out the rectum and anus.
Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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It contains carminative, which is helpful for reducing excessive gas in the gastrointestinal tract.
A great number of hormones secreted by different types of enteroendocrine cells present in the epithelium lining the gastrointestinal tract are now known.
Fifty samples from the 10 different gastrointestinal tract sections (rumen, reticulum, omasum, abomasum, duodenum, jejunum, ileum, cecum, colon, and rectum) of 5 sheep were used in our experiments.
Roskell, "Cytomegalovirus infection in the gastrointestinal tract," Journal of Clinical Pathology, vol.
Granular cell tumors of gastrointestinal tract are rare entities with very few reports of rectal location.
Melanoma in the gastrointestinal tract. Am J Gastroenterol 1999; 94(12):3427-3433.
Clear cell sarcoma-like tumor of the gastrointestinal tract is an extremely rare neoplasm that occurs predominantly in younger adults, with a median age of 35 years, although the age distribution is wide (ranging from 10 to 81 years), and no particular sex preponderance has been noted.
Under general anesthesia using propofol the child patient was treated with enteroscopic sclerotherapy for the hemangiomas in the gastrointestinal tract especially in the small intestine.
Empty gastrointestinal tracts represented 18% (13) of 72 fish sampled in both years.
Imaging features of gastrointestinal tract duplications in infants and children: from oesophagus to rectum.
The gastrointestinal tract (GI) is a common site for metastatic melanoma.
Biopsy interpretation of the gastrointestinal tract mucosa; v.2: Neoplastic, 2d ed.