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[dis-fey-juh, -jee-uh] /dɪsˈfeɪ dʒə, -dʒi ə/
noun, Pathology
difficulty in swallowing.
1775-85; < New Latin < Greek dys- dys- + phag(eîn) to eat, devour + -ia -ia
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[dis-faj-ik, -fey-jik] /dɪsˈfædʒ ɪk, -ˈfeɪ dʒɪk/ (Show IPA),
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dysphagia, dysphasia. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for dysphagia


difficulty in swallowing, caused by obstruction or spasm of the oesophagus
Derived Forms
dysphagic (dɪsˈfædʒɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C18: New Latin, from dys- + Greek -phagos; see phago-
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dysphagia in Medicine

dysphagia dys·pha·gia (dĭs-fā'jə, -jē-ə) or dys·pha·gy (dĭs'fə-jē)
Difficulty in swallowing or inability to swallow. Also called aglutition, aphagia, odynophagia.

dys·phag'ic (-fāj'ĭk) adj.
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dysphagia in Science
Difficulty in swallowing.
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Encyclopedia Article for dysphagia

difficulty or pain in swallowing, caused by lesions or stricture of the upper digestive tract, obstruction of the upper digestive tract by tumours or foreign bodies, or disturbances in the nervous or muscular control of swallowing. Obstruction of the esophagus is the most common cause of dysphagia. People with dysphagia may experience a sensation that food or liquid is lodged in the upper digestive tract. The cause of dysphagia may be treated with medication or surgery; patients may also benefit from speech therapy.

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