Definition of aerophagia in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌe(ə)rəˈfājə/ Pronunciation: /-jēə/

Entry from US English dictionary


The swallowing of air, whether deliberately to stimulate belching, accidentally, or as an involuntary habit.
Example sentences
  • The risk of gastric distension or aerophagia should also be minimized by the careful positioning of the infant.
  • Evidence that application of pressure prevents gastric distension needs to be established, together with methods for early detection of aerophagia.
  • Excessive crying or increased gas production from colon function can result in intraluminal gas formation and aerophagia.

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Syllabification: aer·o·pha·gia

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