deglutition

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French déglutition.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /diːˌgluːˈtɪʃən/

Noun[edit]

deglutition (uncountable)

  1. (physiology) The act or process of swallowing.
    • 1847, Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre, ch. 21:
      [J]udgment untempered by feeling is too bitter and husky a morsel for human deglutition.
    • 1909, W. H. Hudson, Afoot in England, ch. 22:
      Some philosopher has said that the chief pleasure in a man's life, as in that of a cow, consists in the processes of mastication, deglutition, and digestion, and I am very much inclined to agree with him.

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