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

Examples of regurgitation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The regurgitation, or backflow, of blood from William’s existing valve leak had risen sharply — and contributed to a new leak in another valve, his mother said. Erin Alberty, The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 Nov. 2021 Yes, feline regurgitation has become the go-to social-media shorthand for Brand New Cherry Flavor. Shannon Carlin, Vulture, 31 Aug. 2021 Neither bland regurgitation nor innovative retelling, the remake falls somewhere in between, suffering greatly by not establishing a more distinctive identity. Courtney Howard, Variety, 27 Aug. 2021 Either the valve isn’t opening all the way, called stenosis; or the valve fails to close properly and the blood flows the wrong way across the valve, called incompetence, insufficiency or regurgitation. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 13 Aug. 2021 Also, rote regurgitation of the day’s memes: for instance, a battery-acid genre scene of skateboarders drinking cranberry juice, in tribute to a briefly viral TikTok starring an Idahoan swigging Ocean Spray. Jason Farago, New York Times, 12 Mar. 2021 Johnson, who has suffered from severe aortic valve regurgitation since 2003, has now received both vaccinations. Washington Post, 24 Feb. 2021 Burton Murray says the regurgitation aspect of the disorder can cause esophageal damage and dental erosion. Colleen Murphy,, 24 Feb. 2021 This is, of course, not an answer to Chotiner’s question, but just a regurgitation of woke buzzwords. Grant Addison, Washington Examiner, 11 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of regurgitation

1601, in the meaning defined above

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“Regurgitation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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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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