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Medical Term:

esophageal achalasia


Definition: failure of normal relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter associated with uncoordinated contractions of the thoracic esophagus, resulting in functional obstruction and difficulty swallowing.

Synonym(s): achalasia of the cardia, cardiospasm

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