from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A burning sensation, usually centered in the middle of the chest near the sternum, caused by the reflux of acidic stomach fluids that enter the lower end of the esophagus.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An uneasy burning sensation rising into the esophagus from the stomach, due to acidity and regurgitation; cardialgia.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Med.) An uneasy, burning sensation in the stomach, often attended with an inclination to vomit. It is sometimes idiopathic, but is often a symptom of other complaints.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun pathology A burning pain in the chest that is caused by stomach acid entering the gullet.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a painful burning sensation in the chest caused by gastroesophageal reflux (backflow from the stomach irritating the esophagus); symptomatic of an ulcer or a diaphragmatic hernia or other disorder


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From heart +‎ burn, translating Ancient Greek καρδιαλγία.


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