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

Examples of gastroesophageal reflux in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Medical papers have linked it to all kinds of issues in infants, including neglect, poverty, and diseases as varied as cerebral palsy, cleft palate, cystic fibrosis, and gastroesophageal reflux. Eric Boodman, STAT, 12 July 2022 For example, a small Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) study from 2015 found that aloe vera syrup (i.e., not juice) reduced the symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) during a one-month period. Lisa Bain, Good Housekeeping, 5 July 2022 Strokes and other conditions that affect the nervous system, certain cancers of the mouth and esophagus, or gastroesophageal reflux disease can cause dysphagia. Julie Stewart, Men's Health, 2 June 2022 Moving forward, the next indication(s), (non)erosive reflux esophagitis present in some patients suffering from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), may prove to be an even bigger prize for Phathom Pharmaceuticals. Joshua Cohen, Forbes, 1 June 2022 Sleep quality can be negatively impacted by daily challenges such as stress and anxiety, caffeine consumption late in the day, too much alcohol consumption, digestive issues such as gastroesophageal reflux, or a noisily snoring bed partner. Nina Shapiro, Forbes, 18 Mar. 2022 You might also be screened for other health conditions that can sometimes develop due to binge eating disorder, like type 2 diabetes and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Rebecca Joy Stanborough, SELF, 11 Feb. 2022 This upward flow is called gastroesophageal reflux, according to the National Institue of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). SELF, 26 Jan. 2022 One such experiment found that among 10 people with gastroesophageal reflux disease, a single night of poor sleep (less than 3 hours) worsened perceptions of heartburn when their esophagi were exposed to hydrochloric acid. Patrick Wilson, Outside Online, 15 June 2020 See More

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First Known Use of gastroesophageal reflux

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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