Meaning of dysphagia in English:


Pronunciation /dɪsˈfeɪdʒɪə/


mass nounMedicine
  • Difficulty or discomfort in swallowing, as a symptom of disease.

    ‘progressive dysphagia’
    • ‘We previously reported that ACE inhibitors may cure symptomless dysphagia in hypertensive patients with stroke.’
    • ‘The investigation of choice for dysphagia by gastroenterologists or upper gastrointestinal surgeons is flexible endoscopy.’
    • ‘A 50 year old man presented with a two week history of a flu-like illness and four days of dysarthria, dysphagia, shortness of breath, and neck discomfort.’
    • ‘Classically, the symptom appears insidiously as dysphagia and progresses slowly to become painful.’
    • ‘The clinical presentation of rabies encephalitis may take one of two forms: restlessness and dysphagia, or paralysis.’


Late 18th century modern Latin, from dys- + Greek phagia ‘eating’ (from phagein ‘eat’).