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verb (used without object), re·gur·gi·tat·ed, re·gur·gi·tat·ing.
  1. to surge or rush back, as liquids, gases, undigested food, etc.
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verb (used with object), re·gur·gi·tat·ed, re·gur·gi·tat·ing.
  1. to cause to surge or rush back; vomit.
  2. to give back or repeat, especially something not fully understood or assimilated: to regurgitate the teacher's lectures on the exam.
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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 formsre·gur·gi·tant [ri-gur-ji-tuh nt] /rɪˈgɜr dʒɪ tənt/, nounun·re·gur·gi·tat·ed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for regurgitant

Historical Examples

  • When the valves of the right side are affected we may find a regurgitant pulsation in the jugular vein.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse

    United States Department of Agriculture

British Dictionary definitions for regurgitant


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

Word Origin

C17: from Medieval Latin regurgitāre, from re- + gurgitāre to flood, from Latin gurges gulf, whirlpool
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Word Origin and History for regurgitant



1640s (intransitive), 1753 (transitive), back formation from regurgitation, or else from Medieval Latin regurgitatus, past participle of regurgitare. Meaning "to vomit" first attested 1753. Related: Regurgitated; regurgitating.

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regurgitant in Medicine


  1. To rush or surge back.
  2. To cause to pour back, especially to cast up partially digested food.
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Related formsre•gurgi•tant (-tənt) adj.re•gur′gi•tation n.
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