Chapter 5: Definitions
Terms in this set (20)
An involuntary, progressive, rhythmic contraction of muscles in the wall of the esophagus propelling a bolus down toward the stomach.
Act of removal of materials from the body in the digestive system, the removal of indigestible materials as feces.
Breakdown of complex foods to simpler forms.
Microscopic projections in the wall of the small intestine that absorb nutrients into the bloodstream.
Abnormal acumulation of fluid in the abdomen.
Frequent passage of loose, watery stools.
Gas expelled from the stomach through the mouth.
Yellow-orange coloration of the skin and whites of the eyes caused by high levels of bilirubin in the blood (hyperbilirubinemia)
Unpleasant sensation in the stomach associated with a tendency to vomit.
Inflammation and degeneration of gums, teeth, and surrounding bone.
Malignant tumor of the esophagus
Malignant tumor of the stomach
Adenocarcinoma of the colon or rectum or both
Abnormal outpouchings in the intestinal wall
Loss of peristalsis with resulting obstruction of the intestines.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Group of gastrointestinal symptoms associated with stress and tension.
Chronic degenerative disease of the liver.
Malignant tumor of the pancreas
Inflammation of the liver caused by a virus.