re·​gur·​gi·​ta·​tion (ˌ)rē-ˌgər-jə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce regurgitation (audio)
: an act of regurgitating: such as
: the casting up of incompletely digested food (as by some birds in feeding their young)
: the backward flow of blood through a defective heart valve

Examples of regurgitation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Former James Cook University PhD student Nicolas Lubitz and his team saw the chance regurgitation during a tagging trip in May 2022 and the discovery is believed to be a world-first. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 6 June 2024 The early 2000s keeps on giving us a regurgitation of fitting trends from low-rise jeans to skinny jeans, which are inevitably back to many people’s dismay. Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 29 May 2024 Share [Findings] Vampire bats who are strangers will groom one another before sharing blood via regurgitation. Rafil Kroll-Zaidi, Harper's Magazine, 22 May 2024 Past attempts to make the system give more human-like responses, beyond simple fact regurgitation or rudimentary stories, were largely rebuffed by ChatGPT. Samantha Masunaga, Los Angeles Times, 14 May 2024 Frequent regurgitation may be a sign of GERD and may irritate the lining of your stomach, esophagus, and throat. Mark Gurarie, Health, 15 Feb. 2024 Key Takeaways Going to bed or lying down after eating a meal can cause symptoms like acid reflux, indigestion, or regurgitation, and can also interrupt your sleep. Alyssa Hui, Verywell Health, 3 Jan. 2024 But the point is regurgitation isn’t some rare quirk. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 9 Jan. 2024 In contrast, a hiatal hernia may cause heartburn, indigestion, regurgitation, and upper abdominal or chest pains. Amanda Gardner, Health, 29 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1601, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of regurgitation was in 1601

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Cite this Entry

“Regurgitation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition


re·​gur·​gi·​ta·​tion (ˌ)rē-ˌgər-jə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce regurgitation (audio)
: an act of regurgitating
especially : the backward flow of blood through a defective heart valve see aortic regurgitation

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