achalasia

achalasia

[ak-uh-ley-zhuh, -zhee-uh, -zee-uh]
noun Medicine/Medical.
inability of a circular muscle, especially of the esophagus or rectum, to relax, resulting in widening of the structure above the muscular constriction.

Origin:
1910–15; a-6 + Greek chálas(is) (chala- (stem of chalân to loosen) + -sis -sis) + -ia

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achalasia (ˌækəˈleɪzɪə)
 
n
pathol failure of the cardiac sphincter of the oesophagus to relax, resulting in difficulty in swallowing
 
[New Latin, from a-1 + Greek chalasis relaxation]

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achalasia ach·a·la·sia (āk'ə-lā'zhə)
n.
The failure of a ring of muscle fibers, such as a sphincter, to relax.

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