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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms



gastric atrophy  listen  (GAS-trik A-troh-fee)

  A condition marked by thinning of the inner lining of the stomach wall and the loss of gland cells in the lining that release substances that help with digestion. It may be caused by infection with the bacterium H. pylori or by certain autoimmune conditions. Gastric atrophy may increase the risk of stomach cancer.