- Nasogastric refers to the passage from the nose to the stomach. A nasogastric tube is one that is passed through the nose (via the nasopharynx and esophagus) down into the stomach. "Nasogastric" is a hybrid — part Latin, part Greek. "Naso-" is a prefix that has to do with the nose and comes from the Latin "nasus" for nose or snout. "Gastric" comes from the Greek "gaster" meaning the paunch or belly. The term "nasogastric" is not ancient but was coined in 1942.
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* * *na·so·gas·tric -'gas-trik adj of, relating to, being, or performed by intubation of the stomach by way of the nasal passages <insertion of a \nasogastric tube> <\nasogastric suction>
* * *na·so·gas·tric (na″zo-gasґtrik) pertaining to the nose and stomach, as in (nasogastric) aspiration of the stomach's contents.
Medical dictionary. 2011.