Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Esophagogastroduodenoscopy

I just came across this word on a form that I am sending to be printed. (I work at a hospital, can you tell?) This word fascinated me so I had the urge to blog about it. This one word is 26 letters long... that's as long as the whole alphabet. Sheesh!

In case you are curious, as I was, according to medterms.com the definition for this ridiculously long word is:

Also known as EGD or upper endoscopy. A procedure that enables the examiner (usually a gastroenterologist) to examine the esophagus (the swallowing tube), stomach, and duodenum (the first portion of small bowel) using a thin flexible tube (a "scope") that can be looked through or seen on a TV monitor. (A great crossword puzzle/trivia term!)