After the hard defeat against Argentina, 3-0 in the eleventh match of the Qualifiers towards the World Cup in Qatar, the Master Tabárez He faced the microphones and did so with surprising statements that had wide repercussions on both sides of the pond.

“In this working group, players included, we are very clear, as some coach once said, we have to close our sphincters, everyone, mainly our mouths. The only thing that can vindicate us or continue fighting are the results and that is what we are going to do. dedicate starting tomorrow, “he said.

The phrase that the teacher used quickly became the most commented on in networks and raised a question: what is the definition of sphincter?, and Is the mouth a sphincter or not?

In fact, on Google, Uruguayans asked what was the definition of the Tabarez phrase. This is how this search grew since the press conference:

According to the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE), the sphincter is an “annular muscle that opens and closes the orifice of a body cavity to release some excrement or secretion, or to retain them.”

As an example of a sphincter, the RAE indicates “that of the urinary bladder or that of the anus.”

Ovation asked three doctors if the mouth is a sphincter and they all responded in the same way: “No.”

“When one talks about sphincter control, one talks about control of matter and urine. In other words, the sphincter is the anus and the urinary part. Sometimes popularly used as ‘sphincter of the mouth’, as a joke, when one speaks excessively and does not control what he says “, confided one of the specialists.

“Technically speaking in what is the upper digestive tract, because the lower digestive tract you have the anus which is a sphincter where you control the same as at the urine level, but in the upper you have a sphincter that goes from the esophagus to the stomach. It is a sphincter that makes everything that goes down to the stomach, when it is digested, does not reflux and does not return. That is why there are people who have gastroesophageal reflux, that is, things return from the stomach to the esophagus, but that is because it is not working. well that sphincter, “he added.


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