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 All of those can increase chronic heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease, called GERD. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "From migraines to asthma to shingles: The physical toll coronavirus-related stress takes on your body and how to combat it," 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,, "Could the Heartburn Drug Famotidine Help Fight COVID-19? Here's What We Know Right Now," 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,, "FDA Orders All Zantac Medication Products Taken Off Shelves Immediately," 2 Apr. 2020 The condition that usually causes severe cases of heartburn is called gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. NBC News, "Your heartburn drug has been recalled. Now what?," 20 Jan. 2020 Those health problems include a higher risk of asthma and other breathing problems, joint pain, gastroesophageal reflux, fatty liver disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol (which increase the risk of heart disease), and type 2 diabetes. Samantha Cassetty, NBC News, "How to talk to your kids about weight," 8 Sep. 2019 Zantac and other ranitidine drugs are used to prevent and treat gastroesophageal reflux and stomach ulcers. Tanya Lewis, Scientific American, "Possible Carcinogen Found in a Common Heartburn Medication Is Present in Some Foods," 19 Sep. 2019 That unpleasant burning sensation (and sometimes taste) in your throat and/or chest is known as gastroesophageal reflux (i.e. acid reflux or heartburn). Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Is Late-Night Snacking Really So Wrong?," 23 Aug. 2019 Ranitidine is sold over the counter as a heartburn medicine, but is also used as a prescription to treat stomach ulcers and gastroesophageal reflux disease. Erika Edwards, NBC News, "Low levels of contaminant found in popular heartburn pills," 13 Sep. 2019

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1966, in the meaning defined above

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“Gastroesophageal reflux.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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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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