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aerophagia

[air-uh-fey-juh, -jee-uh]
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noun Psychiatry.
  1. swallowing of air, sometimes due to nervousness or anxiety.
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Origin of aerophagia

First recorded in 1900–05; aero- + -phagia
Related formsaer·oph·a·gist [ai-rof-uh-jist] /ɛəˈrɒf ə dʒɪst/, noun
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Historical Examples

  • Aerophagia is by no means, therefore, a simple involuntary movement, but a combination of systematised muscular actions.

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British Dictionary definitions for aerophagia

aerophagia

aerophagy (ɛəˈrɒfədzɪ)

noun
  1. spasmodic swallowing of air, a habit that can lead to belching and stomach pain
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aerophagia in Medicine

aerophagia

(âr′ə-fājə)
n.
  1. The excessive swallowing of air or gas.
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