[dee-gloo-tish-uh n]

noun Physiology.

the act or process of swallowing.

Nearby words

  1. degloss,
  2. degloving,
  3. deglut,
  4. deglut.,
  5. deglutinate,
  6. degorger,
  7. degradable,
  8. degradation,
  9. degradation of energy,
  10. degrade

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for deglutition



the act of swallowing

Word Origin for deglutition

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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Medicine definitions for deglutition




The act or process of swallowing.

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