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Author Information: John Libonati, SW Florida Publisher, Glutenfreeworks.com & The Gluten Free Works Treatment Guide.

Neoplasm: definition

New and abnormal growth of tissue that may or may not be cancerous. Also called a tumor.

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Necrotizing Enterocolitis: definition

A condition in which part of the tissue in the intestines is destroyed. It occurs mainly in underweight newborns.

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Necrosis: definition

Death of cells or tissues.

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Nausea: definition

The feeling of needing to throw up, or vomit.

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Nash: definition

Abbreviation for nonalcoholic steatohepatitis.

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Mucus: definition

A clear liquid made by the intestines that coats and protects tissues in the gastrointestinal tract.

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Mucous Colitis: definition

irritable bowel syndrome.

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Mucosal Protective Drugs: definition

Medicines that protect the stomach lining from acid. Examples are sucralfate and misoprostol. (Brand names: Carafate, Cytotec, Mylanta, Maalox)

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Mucosal Lining: definition

The lining of gastrointestinal tract organs that absorb nutrients and fluid, form a barrier, and produce mucus.

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Motility Disorders: definition

Disorders of muscular movement.

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Motility: definition

The movement of food through the digestive tract.

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Metabolism: definition

The way cells change food into energy after food is digested and absorbed into the blood.

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Megacolon: definition

A huge, swollen colon that results from several different conditions. In children, megacolon is more common in boys than girls. See Hirschsprung disease.

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Manometry: definition

Tests that measure muscle pressure and movements in the gastrointestinal tract.

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Malnutrition: definition

A condition caused by not eating enough food or not eating a balanced diet.

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