aerophagia

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

swallowing of air, sometimes due to nervousness or anxiety.

Nearby words

  1. aeronautics,
  2. aeroneurosis,
  3. aeronomy,
  4. aeropathy,
  5. aeropause,
  6. aerophil,
  7. aerophilately,
  8. aerophobia,
  9. aerophobic,
  10. aerophone

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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Examples 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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Medicine definitions for aerophagia

aerophagia

[ âr′ə-fājə ]

n.

The excessive swallowing of air or gas.

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