deglutition

noun
de·glu·ti·tion | \ˌdē-glü-ˈti-shən, ˌde-glü-\

Definition of deglutition 

: the act or process of swallowing

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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."

First Known Use of deglutition

1650, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for deglutition

French déglutition, from Latin deglutire to swallow down, from de- + glutire, gluttire to swallow — more at glutton

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deglutition

noun
de·glu·ti·tion | \ˌdē-ˌglü-ˈtish-ən, ˌdeg-ˌlü- \

Medical Definition of deglutition 

: the act, power, or process of swallowing

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