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 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, "What Is Corkscrew Esophagus? Here’s What a Gastroenterologist Says," 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, "The former vice president of a pharmaceutical company was sentenced to 33 months for pushing unnecessary opioid prescriptions," 14 Jan. 2020 The cause was dysphagia, a swallowing disorder, said a daughter, Elaine Trogdon. Washington Post, "Community deaths," 21 Oct. 2019 There are a few simple tests to diagnose the severity of dysphagia. Douglas Jacobs, Washington Post, "Problems swallowing are a big killer, but the treatment can be horrible," 7 Mar. 2018 Even patients who are NPO will continue to aspirate if their dysphagia is severe enough. Douglas Jacobs, Washington Post, "Problems swallowing are a big killer, but the treatment can be horrible," 7 Mar. 2018 Classical symptoms include symmetrical quadriplegia, dysarthria, dysphagia, confusion, and pseudobulbar palsy. Maryn Mckenna, WIRED, "Spreading cholera, maybe polio: Now will we care about Haiti?," 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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“Dysphagia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dysphagia. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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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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