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noun

or intragastric balloon

  1. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    a balloon which is placed in an overweight person's stomach in order to give them the feeling that their stomach is full, and to stop them from eating too much

    Overweight teenagers in South Yorkshire could be fitted with gastric balloons, if a trial is approved.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 27/10/2011

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