regurgitation

[ri-gur-ji-tey-shuhn]
noun
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:
1595–1605; < Medieval Latin regurgitātiōn- (stem of regurgitātiō). See regurgitate, -ion

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regurgitate (rɪˈɡɜːdʒɪˌteɪt)
 
vb
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
 
[C17: from Medieval Latin regurgitāre, from re- + gurgitāre to flood, from Latin gurges gulf, whirlpool]
 
re'gurgitant
 
n, —adj
 
regurgi'tation
 
n

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regurgitation
c.1600, from M.L. regurgitationem, noun of action from regurgitare "to overflow," from L.L. re- "back" + gurgitare "engulf, flood" (found in L. ingurgitare "to pour in"), from gurges "whirlpool, gorge, abyss." Meaning "to vomit" first attested 1753.
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regurgitation   (rē-gûr'jĭ-tā'shən)  Pronunciation Key 
The return of partially digested food from the stomach to the mouth.
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Example sentences
It prevents the regurgitation of blood into the sinus during the contraction of
  the atrium.
Estimates are not purely regurgitation of models but fits of models to data.
Accurate regurgitation is prized over original thought.
Longer days of memorization and regurgitation will not solve this problem.
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