[ri-gur-ji-tey-shuh n]
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  1. the act of regurgitating.
  2. voluntary or involuntary return of partly digested food from the stomach to the mouth.
  3. Pathology. the reflux of blood through defective heart valves.

Origin of regurgitation

First recorded in 1595–1605, regurgitation is from the Medieval Latin word regurgitātiōn- (stem of regurgitātiō). See regurgitate, -ion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Word Origin and History for regurgitation

c.1600, from Medieval Latin regurgitationem (nominative regurgitatio), noun of action from past participle stem of regurgitare "to overflow," from re- "back" (see re-) + Late Latin gurgitare "engulf, flood" (found in Latin ingurgitare "to pour in"), from gurges "whirlpool, gorge, abyss," from PIE root *gwere- "to swallow."

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  1. The return of partially digested food from the stomach to the mouth.
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