nasogastric tube

Definition / meaning of nasogastric tube

A tube that is inserted through the nose, down the throat and esophagus, and into the stomach. It can be used to give drugs, liquids, and liquid food, or used to remove substances from the stomach. Giving food through a nasogastric tube is a type of enteral nutrition. Also called gastric feeding tube and NG tube.

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The Web site of the National Cancer Institute (http://www.cancer.gov/)

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