gastroesophageal reflux


Definition of gastroesophageal reflux 

: backward flow of the contents of the stomach into the esophagus that is due to malfunctioning of a sphincter at the lower end of the esophagus and results especially in heartburn

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Acid reflux—or gastroesophageal reflux (GER), as it's technically known—occurs when stomach acid flows back up into your esophagus. Lindsey Lanquist, SELF, "Chrissy Teigen (and Everyone Else) Wants to Know if Acid Reflux Can Kill You," 21 Feb. 2018 Acid Reflux Disease Also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), this causes a painful burning sensation, or heartburn, in the lower chest when stomach acid rises back up into your esophagus. Locke Hughes, Redbook, "9 Ways Digestive Problems Could Be Totally Screwing With Your Weight," 17 Jan. 2018 For some people, drinking two or more teaspoons a day of apple cider vinegar could develop or aggravate gastrointestinal symptoms such as heartburn, GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) or gastroparesis (delayed gastric emptying). Emily Rubin,, "5 nutrition trends to try in 2018 (and 5 others to ditch)," 22 Dec. 2017 One, known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), is triggered by too much acid concentrated in the stomach and lower esophagus, the part of the throat that is connected to the stomach. Alice Park, Time, "Acid Reflux May Respond Better To Diet Than Drugs," 7 Sep. 2017

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1966, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of gastroesophageal reflux 

: backward flow of the gastric contents into the esophagus due to improper functioning of a sphincter at the lower end of the esophagus and resulting especially in heartburn

called also acid reflux

— see heartburn

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