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artificial sphincter

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An apparatus designed to replace or support a sphincter that is either absent or ineffective. See also neosphincter.

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larynx

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The upper part of the windpipe, behind the Adam's apple, containing and protecting the vocal folds. Its non-technical name is the voice box. [From Greek larynx the throat]

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myotomy

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n. the dissection or surgical division of a muscle. For example, cardiomyotomy is division of the sphincter muscle of the gastro-oesophageal junction (see achalasia).

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stomach

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The anterior region of the gut, enlarged and usually with muscular walls that churn food, and with cells in the lining that secrete digestive acids.

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