aerophagia

[ air-uh-fey-juh, -jee-uh ]
/ ˌɛər əˈfeɪ dʒə, -dʒi ə /

noun Psychiatry.

swallowing of air, sometimes due to nervousness or anxiety.

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Origin of aerophagia

First recorded in 1900–05; aero- + -phagia

OTHER WORDS FROM aerophagia

aer·oph·a·gist [ai-rof-uh-jist] /ɛəˈrɒf ə dʒɪst/, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for aerophagia

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

British Dictionary definitions for aerophagia

aerophagia

aerophagy (ɛəˈrɒfədzɪ)

/ (ˌɛərəˈfeɪdʒɪə, -dʒə) /

noun

spasmodic swallowing of air, a habit that can lead to belching and stomach pain
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Medical definitions for aerophagia

aerophagia
[ âr′ə-fājə ]

n.

The excessive swallowing of air or gas.
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