visceral swallow

n.

An immature swallowing pattern, as of infants, marked by a thrust of the tongue and resembling the peristaltic, wavelike, muscular contractions observed in the gut.

Nearby words

  1. visceral inversion,
  2. visceral larva migrans,
  3. visceral layer,
  4. visceral node,
  5. visceral sense,
  6. visceralgia,
  7. viscerally,
  8. viscero-,
  9. viscerogenic,
  10. visceroinhibitory


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