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Common medical words associated with IBS

Abdomen (Ab-do-men) The large cavity between the chest and the pelvis; it contains the stomach, small intestine, and colon.
Anorexia Lack or loss of the appetite for food.
Antispasmodic Drugs
Drugs that decrease the strength of smooth muscle contractions on the intestine.
Belching (burping) Voiding of gas through the mouth.
Bloating Feeling of abdominal distension or fullness.
Chronic Of long duration.
Colic (cramps) Pain that repeatedly rises and falls over a period of minutes.
Dyspepsia Persistent or recurrent abdominal pain or discomfort centred in the upper abdomen.
Dysphagia Sensation of food or liquid sticking to the oesophagus (gullet, food, tube).
Early satiety A feeling that the stomach is over-filled soon after starting to eat.
Flatus (farting) Voiding of gas from the rectum.
Functional disorder Any condition in which an organ or part of the body does not work the way it is supposed to, in the absence of blockage, inflammation or cancer.
Globus The sensation of a lump in the throat.
Halitosis A foul (unpleasant) odour from the mouth.
Heartburn A burning feeling in the lower chest.
Incontinence, faecal Leakage of stool (faecal soiling).
Nausea A sensation of needing to vomit.
Motility Contractions of the muscle of the digestive tract and movement of its contents.
Odynophagia Pain in the chest as food or drink passes through the oesophagus.
Reflux Reflux is caused by the presence of stomach acid into the oesophagus resulting in the feeling of heartburn in the throat and upper gastrointestinal area.
Regurgitation Return of stomach contents into the throat or mouth.
Vomiting Ejection of matter from the stomach through the mouth.


If you are interested in other gastrointestinal-focused information and intervention websites developed and hosted at
Swinburne University of Technology,
please go to:

IBDclinic.org.au for individuals with Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Gastroparesisclinic.org for individuals with Gastroparesis


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