gastroesophageal reflux disease

[gas-troh-i-sof-uh-jee-uh l, ‐ee-suh-faj-ee-uh l, gas-]

noun Pathology.

a chronic condition in which acid from the stomach flows back into the lower esophagus, causing pain or tissue damage.

Nearby words

  1. gastroenterotomy,
  2. gastroepiploic,
  3. gastroepiploic artery,
  4. gastroesophageal,
  5. gastroesophageal hernia,
  6. gastroesophageal sphincter,
  7. gastroesophagitis,
  8. gastroesophagostomy,
  9. gastrogastrostomy,
  10. gastrogavage

Also called gastric reflux, gastroesophageal reflux, acid reflux, GERD. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for acid reflux

acid reflux


the regurgitation of stomach acid into the oesophagus, causing heartburn
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Science definitions for acid reflux

acid reflux

See heartburn.

gastroesophageal reflux disease


A condition in which relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter allows gastric acids to move up into the esophagus, causing heartburn, dyspepsia, and possible injury to the mucous membranes lining the esophagus.
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