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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Irregular muscular contractions at the esophageal opening of the stomach.

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  • n. a spasm of the cardiac sphincter (between the esophagus and the stomach); if the cardiac sphincter does not relax during swallowing the passage of food into the stomach is obstructed

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