gastroesophageal reflux disease


n.

A chronic condition caused by gastroesophageal reflux, characterized by heartburn, acid indigestion, and sometimes reflux esophagitis.

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Scientific definitions for gastroesophageal reflux disease

gastroesophageal reflux disease
[ găs′trō-ĭ-sŏfə-jē′əl ]

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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