inability of a circular muscle, especially of the esophagus or rectum, to relax, resulting in widening of the structure above the muscular constriction.
(pathol) failure of the cardiac sphincter of the oesophagus to relax, resulting in difficulty in swallowing
achalasia ach·a·la·sia (āk’ə-lā’zhə)
The failure of a ring of muscle fibers, such as a sphincter, to relax.
a member of the tribe of Judah who, with his family, was stoned to death for stealing forbidden spoils. Josh. 7:19–26. Historical Examples The ruling race in the two former was Achan, and therefore Hellic. Studies on Homer and the Homeric Age, Vol. 1 of 3 W. E. Gladstone It is Achan’s ingots buried under […]
noun (Hinduism) a prominent religious teacher and spiritual guide Historical Examples Whenever he established a proposition, the acharya used immediately to refute it. Chaitanya’s Life And Teachings Krishna das Kaviraja Then the acharya broke his fast with those two, to his heart’s content. Chaitanya’s Life And Teachings Krishna das Kaviraja In the morning the acharya […]
(in the Aeneid) the faithful companion and friend of Aeneas. a faithful friend or companion. Historical Examples But in the meanwhile Mnestheus and Achates and Iulus led Æneas to the camp, leaning on his spear. The Children’s Hour, Volume 3 (of 10) Various Achates, hasting on his message, bent his way towards the ships. The […]
. Historical Examples The sacred writer chooses rather to follow here this date than to speak of the years of Achaz, who had not yet been mentioned. The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version Various At that time king Achaz sent to the king of the Assyrians asking help. The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version Various So Urias, the priest, […]
to have or suffer a continuous, dull pain: His whole body ached. to feel great sympathy, pity, or the like: Her heart ached for the starving animals. to feel eager; yearn; long: She ached to be the champion. He’s just aching to get even. a continuous, dull pain (in contrast to a sharp, sudden, or […]