gastr-, gastro-, gaster-, gastero-, gastri-, -gastria-
(Greek: stomach, belly)
2. The middle area of the abdomen surrounding the navel.
The paramyxoviruses include the agents of mumps, measles (rubeola), RSV (respiratory syncytial virus, which mainly afflicts children), Newcastle disease, parainfluenza, Sendai virus and Hendra virus.
Many of the paramyxoviruses cause disease in animals; such as, canine distemper and turkey rhinotracheitis.
2. Artificial feeding through a tube passed through the skin into the stomach.
Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy is a surgical procedure for placing a feeding tube, but it does not necessitate doing an open laparotomy (operation on the abdomen).
The aim of PEG (as with any gastrostomy) is to feed those who can not normally swallow their food. Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy may be done by a surgeon, otolaryngologist, or a gastroenterologist. It is usually done in a hospital or outpatient surgical facility.
See gavage for information about a similar procedure.