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[dis-fey-juh, -jee-uh]
noun Pathology.
  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
Related formsdys·phag·ic [dis-faj-ik, -fey-jik] /dɪsˈfædʒ ɪk, -ˈfeɪ dʒɪk/, adjective
Can be confuseddysphagia dysphasia
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British Dictionary definitions for dysphagic


  1. difficulty in swallowing, caused by obstruction or spasm of the oesophagus
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Derived Formsdysphagic (dɪsˈfædʒɪk), adjective

Word Origin

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


  1. Difficulty in swallowing or inability to swallow.aglutition aphagia odynophagia
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Related formsdys•phagic (-făjĭk) adj.
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dysphagic in Science


  1. Difficulty in swallowing.
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