Digestive Diseases Dictionary
Some terms listed have many meanings; only those meanings that relate to digestion or digestive diseases are included. Words that appear in bold italic are listed elsewhere in the dictionary.
Information in this dictionary is not a substitute for a visit to your doctor. Talk with a health professional if you have a digestive problem.
This pronunciation guide uses letters and letter combinations, rather than phonetic symbols, to stand for the various sounds in the English language.
|ay||say, came, weigh|
|eh||(used at the end of a syllable or when standing alone)
|ih||(used at the end of a syllable or when standing alone)
|eye||(used at the beginning of a syllable or when standing alone)
examples: iron (EYE-urn)
|or||tore, soar, for|
|uh||about, sum, china|
|f||fur, tough, calf|
|k||kite, car, tack|
|ss||bus, guess, fence|
|z||zip, jazz, has|
National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse
The National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC) is a service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). The NIDDK is part of the National Institutes of Health of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Established in 1980, the Clearinghouse provides information about digestive diseases to people with digestive disorders and to their families, health care professionals, and the public. The NDDIC answers inquiries, develops and distributes publications, and works closely with professional and patient organizations and Government agencies to coordinate resources about digestive diseases.
This publication is not copyrighted. The Clearinghouse encourages users of this publication to duplicate and distribute as many copies as desired.
NIH Publication No. 09–2750
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