• WordNet 3.6
    • n deglutition the act of swallowing "one swallow of the liquid was enough","he took a drink of his beer and smacked his lips"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Deglutition The act or process of swallowing food; the power of swallowing. "The muscles employed in the act of deglutition ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n deglutition The act or power of swallowing.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Deglutition deg-lōō-tish′un the act or power of swallowing
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  • Charlotte Bronte
    “Feeling without judgment is a washy draught indeed; but judgment untempered by feeling is too bitter and husky a morsel for human deglutition.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. deglutire, to swallow down; de-, + glutire, to swallow: cf. F. déglutition,. See Glut
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. de, down, and glutīre, to swallow. See Glut.


In literature:

Congenital absence of the tongue does not necessarily make speech, taste, or deglutition impossible.
"Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine" by George M. Gould
It swallows a nail or a beam by slow, serpent-like deglutition.
"Lippincott's Magazine Of Popular Literature And Science, No. 23, February, 1873, Vol. XI. No. 23." by Various
This is rather hard upon the health, because it requires the deglutition of innumerable potions.
"The Unpopular Review, Volume II Number 3" by Various
The trouble in deglutition proved to be due to an oesophageal narrowing.
"Fat and Blood" by S. Weir Mitchell
Just after biting pass the tip of the tongue behind the front teeth and along the palate, completing the act of deglutition.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 159, August 18th, 1920" by Various
Then I heard his lips move in the rhapsodic deglutition of babyland dreams.
"The Prairie Wife" by Arthur Stringer
The process of deglutition is represented as follows.
"The Belief in Immortality and the Worship of the Dead, Volume I (of 3)" by Sir James George Frazer
The passage down the oesophagus is called deglutition.
"Text Book of Biology, Part 1: Vertebrata" by H. G. Wells
But it is too big for his gullet, and he drops it in the very act and article of happy deglutition.
"Days Off" by Henry Van Dyke
The stale bread and hard Dutch cheese rapidly disappeared, the boy looking very stolid during the process of deglutition.
"The Bag of Diamonds" by George Manville Fenn

In news:

A reasonable degree of deglutition was achieved, and no signs of stricture were detected.