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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.
Also called gastric reflux, gastroesophageal reflux, acid reflux, GERD. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for acid reflux
  • New government figures show a worrisome increase in esophagus disorders from severe acid reflux.
  • Asthma patients using powerful acid reflux drugs even though they don't have heartburn should stop taking them, lung experts say.
  • Stomach acid has long been blamed for acid reflux, heartburn and other ills.
  • In fact, there is a theory that in patients with coronary artery disease, acid reflux may actually trigger angina.
  • One study reported that spasms in the vocal cords caused by acid reflux may block the flow of air and cause sleep apnea in adults.
  • And if acid reflux cannot be controlled through diet, habits and drugs, surgery may be required.
  • In fact, there is some theory that in patients with coronary artery disease, acid reflux may actually trigger angina.
  • The patient may have difficulty swallowing and may experience regurgitation or acid reflux.
  • acid reflux changes the cell structure in the esophagus.
British Dictionary definitions for acid reflux

acid reflux

the regurgitation of stomach acid into the oesophagus, causing heartburn
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Contemporary definitions for acid reflux

a burning sensation in the stomach, typically extending toward the esophagus and sometimes associated with the eructation of an acid fluid; also called heartburn , pyrosis , cardialgia , gastroesophageal reflux

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1980-85's 21st Century Lexicon
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acid reflux in Science
acid reflux  
See heartburn.
gastroesophageal reflux disease
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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