[ dis-fey-juh, -jee-uh ]

  1. 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

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British Dictionary definitions for dysphagia


/ (dɪsˈfeɪdʒɪə) /

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

Origin of dysphagia

C18: New Latin, from dys- + Greek -phagos; see phago-

Derived forms of dysphagia

  • dysphagic (dɪsˈfædʒɪk), adjective

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Scientific definitions for dysphagia


[ dĭs-fā ]

  1. Difficulty in swallowing.

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