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[dee-gloo-tish-uh n]
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noun Physiology.
  1. the act or process of swallowing.

Origin of deglutition

1640–50; < French déglutition < Latin dēglūtīt(us) (past participle of dēglūtīre to swallow down, equivalent to dē- de- + glūtī(re) to swallow (see glutton1) + -tus past participle suffix) + French -ion -ion
Related formsde·glu·ti·tious, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for deglutition


  1. the act of swallowing

Word Origin

C17: from French déglutition, from Late Latin dēglūtīre to swallow down, from de- + glutīre to swallow
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Word Origin and History for deglutition


from French déglutition (16c.), from Latin deglutitionem, noun of action from past participle stem of deglutare, from de- (see de-) + glutire "to swallow," from PIE *gwele- "to swallow."

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deglutition in Medicine


  1. The act or process of swallowing.
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