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enteral Syllabification: en·ter·al
Pronunciation: /ˈen(t)ərəl/

Definition of enteral in English:


(Chiefly of nutrition) involving or passing through the intestine, either naturally via the mouth and esophagus, or through an artificial opening. Often contrasted with parenteral.
Example sentences
  • If surgery cannot safely be postponed, parenteral or enteral hyperalimentation should be started.
  • Forty patients will be randomly assigned to either standard enteral nutrition or standard enteral nutrition containing a probiotic.
  • Commonly, these infants need supplemental oxygen treatment for mild respiratory distress syndrome or parenteral nutrition until enteral feeds are established.


Example sentences
  • Additional benefits include the mandatory assessment for refeeding syndrome of all enterally fed patients, with appropriate feeding regimes, supplementation, and blood work for those found at risk.
  • Neonates generally should not be fed enterally (by mouth or feeding tube) under certain conditions.
  • The requirement for surgery was significantly lower in the patients fed enterally.


Early 20th century: from Greek enteron 'intestine' + -al, partly as a back-formation from parenteral.

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