Definition of deglutition in English:


Syllabification: de·glu·ti·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌdēglo͞oˈtiSHən


  • The action or process of swallowing.
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    • 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.



Pronunciation: /dēˈglo͞otətiv/
More example sentences
  • Sudden eruption of the deglutitive phase occurs in states of collapse and shock.
  • However incomplete deglutitive relaxation in LES and primary peristaltic waves were detected in several patients with achalasia.
  • The proposed muscle strengthening exercise program is effective in restoring oral feeding in some patients with deglutitive failure.


mid 17th century: from French déglutition or modern Latin deglutitio(n-), from deglutire 'swallow down'.

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