regurgitate

[ ri-gur-ji-teyt ]
/ rɪˈgɜr dʒɪˌteɪt /

verb (used without object), re·gur·gi·tat·ed, re·gur·gi·tat·ing.

to surge or rush back, as liquids, gases, undigested food, etc.

verb (used with object), re·gur·gi·tat·ed, re·gur·gi·tat·ing.

to cause to surge or rush back; vomit.
to give back or repeat, especially something not fully understood or assimilated: to regurgitate the teacher's lectures on the exam.

Origin of regurgitate

1645–55; < Medieval Latin regurgitātus (past participle of regurgitāre), equivalent to re- re- + gurgit-, stem of gurges whirlpool, flood, stream + -ātus -ate1

Related forms

re·gur·gi·tant [ri-gur-ji-tuh nt] /rɪˈgɜr dʒɪ tənt/, nounun·re·gur·gi·tat·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for regurgitant

regurgitate

/ (rɪˈɡɜːdʒɪˌteɪt) /

verb

to vomit forth (partially digested food)
(of some birds and certain other animals) to bring back to the mouth (undigested or partly digested food with which to feed the young)
(intr) to be cast up or out, esp from the mouth
(intr) med (of blood) to flow backwards, in a direction opposite to the normal one, esp through a defective heart valve

Derived Forms

regurgitant, noun, adjectiveregurgitation, noun

Word Origin for regurgitate

C17: from Medieval Latin regurgitāre, from re- + gurgitāre to flood, from Latin gurges gulf, whirlpool
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Medicine definitions for regurgitant

regurgitate

[ rē-gûrjĭ-tāt′ ]

v.

To rush or surge back.
To cause to pour back, especially to cast up partially digested food.

Related forms

re•gurgi•tant (-tənt) adj.re•gur′gi•tation n.
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