Protrusion of the mucous membrane of the esophagus through a tear in the muscular coat. [esophagus + G. kele, hernia]

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esoph·a·go·cele (ə-sofґə-go-sēl″) [esophago- + -cele1] herniation of the esophagus; protrusion of its mucous and submucous coats through a rupture in the muscular coat, producing a pouch or diverticulum.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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