[ak-uh-ley-zhuh, -zhee-uh, -zee-uh]
- inability of a circular muscle, especially of the esophagus or rectum, to relax, resulting in widening of the structure above the muscular constriction.
Origin of achalasia
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- pathol failure of the cardiac sphincter of the oesophagus to relax, resulting in difficulty in swallowing
New Latin, from a- 1 + Greek chalasis relaxation
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- The failure of a ring of muscle fibers, such as a sphincter, to relax.
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