Definition of Achalasia

1. Noun. A neuromuscular problem where a ring of muscles is unable to fully relax. ¹



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Definition of Achalasia

1. [n -S]

Medical Definition of Achalasia

1. Constriction of the lower portion of the food pipe (oesophagus) due to inability of the sphincter muscles to relax. Symptoms include difficulty swallowing, chest pain, vomiting and heartburn. Treatment includes oesophageal dilation using special instruments or medications (for example nitroglycerin, calcium channel blockers). (27 Sep 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Achalasia

acetyltannic
acetyltannic acid
acetylthiocholine
acetyltransferase
acetyltransferases
acey-deucey
acft
ach
ach-laut
achaenia
achaenium
achaete
achaetous
achage
achages
achalasia (current term)
achalasias
achar
acharne
acharnement
achars
acharya
acharyas
achate
achates
achatina
achatine snail
achatine snails
achatour
achatours

Literary usage of Achalasia

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1. Digestive Diseases in the United States: Epidemiology and Impact edited by James E. Everhart (1995)
"achalasia of the cardia: pharmacology and histopathology of isolated cardiac sphincteric muscle from patients with and without achalasia. ..."

2. Mammalian Models for Research on Aging by Bennett J. Cohen, Institute Of Laboratory Animal Resources, National Research Council Staff (1981)
"achalasia (Cardiospasm) Cardiospasm or achalasia in man is a neuromotor disorder ... The condition often has been diagnosed as achalasia and has been ..."

3. Diseases of the throat, nose and ear by Daniel McKenzie (1921)
"Spasmodic Stricture of the Cardiac End of the (Esophagus : (Cardio-spasm, achalasia of ... The name "achalasia," meaning the absence of dilatation, ..."

4. Diseases of the digestive organs: With Special Reference to Their Diagnosis by Charles Dettie Aaron (1921)
"The term " achalasia," meaning absence of relaxation, has been suggested by Hertz ... In achalasia a rubber tube filled with mercury will drop through the ..."

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