[ak-uh-ley-zhuh, -zhee-uh, -zee-uh]

noun Medicine/Medical.

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

1910–15; a-6 + Greek chálas(is) (chala- (stem of chalân to loosen) + -sis -sis) + -ia Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for achalasia



pathol failure of the cardiac sphincter of the oesophagus to relax, resulting in difficulty in swallowing

Word Origin for achalasia

New Latin, from a- 1 + Greek chalasis relaxation
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Medicine definitions for achalasia




The failure of a ring of muscle fibers, such as a sphincter, to relax.
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