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Definition of Oesophagus

Oesophagus: Alternate spelling for esophagus. The British have an oesophagus while Americans have an esophagus. But on both sides of the Atlantic it is known as the swallowing tube.

Inflammation of this organ is known as esophagitis or oesophagitis:

Stomach esophagus illustration - Oesophagus

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=4621
Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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