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flu:

see influenzainfluenza
or flu,
acute, highly contagious disease caused by a RNA virus (family Orthomyxoviridae); formerly known as the grippe. There are three types of the virus, designated A, B, and C, but only types A and B cause more serious contagious infections.
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flu

Informal
1. short for influenza
2. any of various viral infections, esp a respiratory or intestinal infection
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A: Intestinal flu and stomach flu are the more popular terms for acute viral gastroenteritis, which refers to inflammation of the stomach and the intestines that is caused by a variety of viruses.
Editor's note: We did not clearly state this, but the stomach symptoms in Flu Box #7 refers to viral gastroenteritis, which, according to the CDC, is often called the '"stomach flu" or "intestinal flu" although it is not caused by the influenza viruses but is, instead, caused by a variety of viruses, including rotaviruses, noroviruses, adenoviruses, type 40 or 41, sapoviruses, and astroviruses (www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/revb/gastro/faq.htm).
Another common cause of pediatric abdominal pain involves illnesses associated with vomiting and diarrhea, such as gastroenteritis or the "intestinal flu." The swelling and distension of the intestine caused by these disorders leads to severe abdominal cramping.
Weakenedand confused, hewould maketwomore trips to the Baptist Memorial, suffering exhaustion and intestinal flu.