re·​gur·​gi·​ta·​tion | \ (ˌ)rē-ˌgər-jə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce regurgitation (audio) \

Definition of regurgitation

: an act of regurgitating: such as
a : the casting up of incompletely digested food (as by some birds in feeding their young)
b : the backward flow of blood through a defective heart valve

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Recent Examples on the Web Pass-fail grading can encourage long-term learning rather than reward short-term regurgitation. WSJ, "Seeing Higher Education With New Eyes," 8 Dec. 2020 Ghosn and Ries slam coverage of the affair by both the Japanese and international press, saying journalists were guilty of laziness and regurgitation of a smear campaign worthy of Josef Stalin’s propaganda machine. Tara Patel,, "Fugitive Ghosn Aims to Settle Scores in Book, Slamming Japan," 4 Nov. 2020 Issues with this valve can lead to pulmonary valve stenosis and pulmonary valve regurgitation. Giulia Heyward And Renee Valdes, CNN, "Arnold Schwarzenegger says he feels 'fantastic' after undergoing heart surgery," 24 Oct. 2020 Another period piece débuting this month is, by contrast, a regurgitation of an American nightmare. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "The Search for Kindred Spirits in “We Are Who We Are,” on HBO," 28 Sep. 2020 But the all-important spec of this sprawling tech speak regurgitation is that the phone starts at $400—a $600 price cut from the current iPhone 11 Pro. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "The New iPhone SE, the Apple Phone for Everyone," 28 Apr. 2020 Gastro-esophageal reflux. Heartburn usually starts toward the end of the second trimester, said Dr. Barfield, and can feel like a burning in the chest, often accompanied by belching and regurgitation. New York Times, "Pregnancy Pains Got You Down? Read This," 13 Apr. 2020 According to the report, the 83-year-old woman sought treatment at a gastroenterology clinic for dysphagia (aka, swallowing difficulties) and regurgitation after every meal. Maggie O'neill,, "What Is Corkscrew Esophagus? Here’s What a Gastroenterologist Says," 29 Apr. 2020 Many of the strangers eventually formed grooming relationships, but far fewer of the bats shared blood via regurgitation. National Geographic, "See the Full Archive," 19 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of regurgitation

1601, in the meaning defined above

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“Regurgitation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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re·​gur·​gi·​ta·​tion | \ (ˌ)rē-ˌgər-jə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce regurgitation (audio) \

Medical Definition of regurgitation

: an act of regurgitating especially : the backward flow of blood through a defective heart valve — see aortic regurgitation

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