Definition of deglutition in English:

deglutition

noun

technical
  • [mass noun] The action or process of swallowing:

    ‘the muscles involved in deglutition’
    [count noun] ‘oesophageal pressure peaks induced by a single deglutition’
    • ‘The process of deglutition begins with the bolus formation in the oral cavity.’
    • ‘Organic abnormalities of deglutition may be related to initiation of the swallowing reflex in the oropharynx or to propulsion of the food bolus through the esophagus.’
    • ‘These are inhibitory reflexes, excited by deglutition, by gastric distension, and by intestinal dilatation.’
    • ‘Other factors include general anesthesia, loss of consciousness, structural abnormalities of the pharynx and neuromuscular disorders, deglutition abnormalities.’
    • ‘The act of deglutition will not be accompanied with pain or soreness, but extreme anxiety and violent palpitations of the heart.’

Origin

Mid 17th century: from French déglutition or modern Latin deglutitio(n-), from deglutire swallow down.

Pronunciation:

deglutition

/ˌdiːɡluːˈtɪʃ(ə)n/