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A 59-year-old male asked:

What is the difference between vomiting and regurgitation?

4 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Julan Crane
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Vomiting: vomiting is the involuntary forceful expulsion of stomach contents, where regurgitation can be voluntary or involuntary of food that comes up , such as with a burp or belch.
Dr. Carol Morris
Gastroenterology 15 years experience
Vomitting: Vomiting or throwing up is voluntarily or involuntarily forcing the contents of the stomach up through the esophagus and out of the mouth. Regurgitation is the sensation of acid backing up into your throat or mouth. Regurgitation can produce a sour or bitter taste, and you may experience a "wet burp" or even vomit some contents of your stomach, but usually much smaller amount than typical vomittin
Dr. Ahmad Ibrahim
Urgent Care 19 years experience
Hmmm: Vomiting is normally digested material being expelled throughout the body onto the floor or a person etc Regurgitation is digested material from the stomach into the esophagus but tends to stay inside the body.
Dr. Susan Rhoads
Family Medicine 38 years experience
But that is a fairly new definition of 'regurgitate.' In the past, and to people not familiar with the medical meaning, vomiting is meant often
Oct 7, 2014
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Nausea/force: With vomiting you have a sense of nausea and a forceful expelling of the stomach contents. With regurgitation the food just comes back up, no warning and not necessarily forceful.

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A 20-year-old male asked:

What's the difference between regurgitation and vomiting?

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Dr. Martin Fried
General Practice 36 years experience
Force: regurgitation is usually effortless bringing up of food and may be due in part to decrease in pressure of the lower esophageal sphincter. It is not a spasmodic event. Vomiting on the other hand is a forceful bringing up of stomach contents To eject part or all of the contents of the stomach through the mouth, usually in a series of involuntary spasmic contractions.

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