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[dee-gloo-tish-uh n] /ˌdi glʊˈtɪʃ ən/
noun, Physiology.
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
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deglutitious, adjective Unabridged
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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

deglutition de·glu·ti·tion (dē'glōō-tĭsh'ən)
The act or process of swallowing.

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