deglutition

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

Definition of deglutition

  1. :  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."

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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deglutition

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

Medical Definition of deglutition

  1. :  the act, power, or process of swallowing


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