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Gastroesophageal reflux

Synonym(s)

  • acid reflux
  • esophageal reflux
  • gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • GERD

Definition(s)

Backward flow of the gastric contents into the esophagus resulting from improper functioning of a sphincter at the lower end of the esophagus and resulting especially in heartburn.

Definition from: Merriam-Webster's Medical DictionaryThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference. by Merriam-Webster Inc.

See also Understanding Medical Terminology.

 
Published: October 9, 2014