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dysphagia

[ dis-fey-juh, -jee-uh ]
/ dɪsˈfeɪ dʒə, -dʒi ə /
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noun Pathology.
difficulty in swallowing.

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Origin of dysphagia

1775–85; <New Latin <Greek dys-dys- + phag(eîn) to eat, devour + -ia-ia

OTHER WORDS FROM dysphagia

dys·phag·ic [dis-faj-ik, -fey-jik], /dɪsˈfædʒ ɪk, -ˈfeɪ dʒɪk/, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH dysphagia

dysphagia , dysphasia
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British Dictionary definitions for dysphagia

dysphagia
/ (dɪsˈfeɪdʒɪə) /

noun
difficulty in swallowing, caused by obstruction or spasm of the oesophagus

Derived forms of dysphagia

dysphagic (dɪsˈfædʒɪk), adjective

Word Origin for dysphagia

C18: New Latin, from dys- + Greek -phagos; see phago-
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Scientific definitions for dysphagia

dysphagia
[ dĭs-fājə ]

Difficulty in swallowing.
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