Definition of deglutition in English:


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  • The action or process of swallowing.

    ‘the muscles involved in deglutition’
    • ‘esophageal pressure peaks induced by a single deglutition’
    • ‘The process of deglutition begins with the bolus formation in the oral cavity.’
    • ‘These are inhibitory reflexes, excited by deglutition, by gastric distension, and by intestinal dilatation.’
    • ‘Organic abnormalities of deglutition may be related to initiation of the swallowing reflex in the oropharynx or to propulsion of the food bolus through the esophagus.’
    • ‘Other factors include general anesthesia, loss of consciousness, structural abnormalities of the pharynx and neuromuscular disorders, deglutition abnormalities.’
    • ‘The act of deglutition will not be accompanied with pain or soreness, but extreme anxiety and violent palpitations of the heart.’



/ˌdēɡlo͞oˈtiSH(ə)n/ /ˌdiɡluˈtɪʃ(ə)n/


Mid 17th century from French déglutition or modern Latin deglutitio(n-), from deglutire ‘swallow down’.