heartburn

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From Middle English hertbryne, herte-bren (lust", also "heartburn, literally heart burn), equivalent to heart +‎ burn. Compare also Middle English herte-brennyng (anger, bitterness, heartburn, literally burning of/in the heart, heart-burning). Compare also Ancient Greek καρδιαλγία (kardialgía), from καρδία (kardía, heart) + ἄλγος (álgos, pain). From being a burning sensation near the location of the heart in the chest.

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heartburn (countable and uncountable, plural heartburns)

  1. (pathology) A burning pain in the chest that is caused by stomach acid entering the gullet.

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