gastroesophageal reflux disease

[ gas-troh-i-sof-uh-jee-uh l, ‐ee-suh-faj-ee-uh l, gas- ]
/ ˈgæs troʊ ɪˌsɒf əˈdʒi əl, ‐ˌi səˈfædʒ i əl, ˌgæs- /

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.

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Science 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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