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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Recent Examples on the Web That applies even to babies who struggle with gastroesophageal reflux or GERD. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 27 Apr. 2021 These pillows are typically used to help alleviate symptoms of acid reflux, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and obstructive sleep apnea. Jamie Kim, Good Housekeeping, 18 Feb. 2021 The report, written by Kevin O’Connor, director of executive medicine at the GW Medical Faculty Associates, showed that he was being treated for an irregular heartbeat, gastroesophageal reflux and seasonal allergies. Author: Toluse Olorunnipa, Michael Kranish, Anchorage Daily News, 25 Oct. 2020 The US National Library of Medicine adds that the drug is mainly used to treat ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease, and other conditions in which the stomach produces too much acid. Amber Brenza,, 5 Oct. 2020 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, 15 Apr. 2019 All of those can increase chronic heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease, called GERD. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 14 May 2020 Specifically, the compound blocks the H2 receptors that play a role in producing acid in the stomach, which can lead to heartburn, a main symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Claire Gillespie,, 28 Apr. 2020 The products are commonly used, over the counter and by prescription, to treat heartburn, stomach ulcers and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Benjamin Vanhoose,, 2 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of gastroesophageal reflux

1966, in the meaning defined above

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“Gastroesophageal reflux.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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gastroesophageal reflux


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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