dys·​pha·​gia | \ dis-ˈfā-j(ē-)ə How to pronounce dysphagia (audio) \

Definition of dysphagia

: difficulty in swallowing

Examples of dysphagia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Career Goals: Become a geriatric medical speech pathologist specializing in dementia, Alzheimer’s and dysphagia. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, 10 Dec. 2021 According to the report, the 83-year-old woman sought treatment at a gastroenterology clinic for dysphagia (aka, swallowing difficulties) and regurgitation after every meal. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, 29 Apr. 2020 Part of that script included saying the patient had been diagnosed with dysphagia, or difficulty swallowing, as well as saying that the patients had histories of cancer in order to obtain authorization. Hollie Silverman, CNN, 14 Jan. 2020 The cause was dysphagia, a swallowing disorder, said a daughter, Elaine Trogdon. Washington Post, 21 Oct. 2019 There are a few simple tests to diagnose the severity of dysphagia. Douglas Jacobs, Washington Post, 7 Mar. 2018 Even patients who are NPO will continue to aspirate if their dysphagia is severe enough. Douglas Jacobs, Washington Post, 7 Mar. 2018 Classical symptoms include symmetrical quadriplegia, dysarthria, dysphagia, confusion, and pseudobulbar palsy. Maryn Mckenna, WIRED, 27 Jan. 2011

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First Known Use of dysphagia

1783, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dysphagia

borrowed from New Latin, from dys- dys- + -phagia -phagia

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The first known use of dysphagia was in 1783

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“Dysphagia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dysphagia. Accessed 22 Jan. 2022.

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dys·​pha·​gia | \ dis-ˈfā-j(ē-)ə How to pronounce dysphagia (audio) \

Medical Definition of dysphagia

: difficulty in swallowing

Other Words from dysphagia

dysphagic \ -​ˈfaj-​ik How to pronounce dysphagia (audio) \ adjective

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Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about dysphagia


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