Definition of deglutition
: the act or process of swallowing
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Did You Know?
Deglutition comes to us from the French word déglutition, which is derived from the Latin verb deglutire, meaning "to swallow down." "Deglutire," in turn, derives from de- and glutire, a verb meaning "to swallow." "Deglutition" is a fairly rare word these days, but it has a relative in English that is quite familiar: the noun glutton, meaning "one who eats to excess." "Glutton" comes from a Latin word ("glutto") that is related to "glutire."
Origin and Etymology of deglutition
French déglutition, from Latin deglutire to swallow down, from de- + glutire, gluttire to swallow — more at glutton
First Known Use: 1650
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