Definition of gullet in English:



  • The passage by which food passes from the mouth to the stomach; the oesophagus.

    • ‘If the tumour is blocking part of your stomach or gullet, bypass surgery may be an option.’
    • ‘The tam is thought to have evolved to survive passage through the gullet of the island's biggest, flightless bird, the dodo.’
    • ‘Heartburn happens when this acid flows upwards into the gullet (oesophagus).’
    • ‘He died suddenly in Bradford Royal Infirmary from ulcers in his gullet, which links the throat to the stomach.’
    • ‘But how can we stem the flood of fatty foods into our gullets?’
    • ‘The oesophagus is the medical name for the gullet.’
    • ‘PDT can also be used internally on the gullet, lungs, bladder, bile duct, brain and eyes, usually through an endoscope or intravenous methods.’
    • ‘The natural swallowing action helps the endoscope pass into the gullet and down towards the stomach.’
    • ‘The 13-month-old toddler had swallowed a tiny, disc shaped camera battery that damaged his gullet and perforated his windpipe.’
    • ‘The reason for heartburn is a malfunction in the valve-like mechanism found at the junction of the gullet and the stomach.’
    • ‘Instead, the acid irritates the lining of the gullet, causing the burning pain.’
    • ‘Stomach acid that is repeatedly regurgitated can damage the lining of the gullet.’
    • ‘The eldest then poured her food into her gullet and headed for PS shouting muffled answers to my enquiries about her day.’
    • ‘These drugs reduce the production of stomach acid to allow the inflamed gullet to heal.’
    • ‘So, with the latter, the wizardry of special effects allows us to whoosh down gullets and cascade through neural networks.’
    • ‘Contact may be with your skin, or with the lining of your lungs, mouth, gullet, stomach or intestine.’
    • ‘The corrosive chemicals are irritating to the delicate lining of the gullet.’
    • ‘It's the gullet or oesophagus, the corridor passing from the mouth to the stomach.’
    • ‘The acid damages cells lining the oesophagus, also known as the food pipe or gullet, which can later become cancerous.’
    • ‘When you swallow, it can feel as though food is stuck in your gullet, as the muscles of the oesophagus try to push it past the tumour.’
    oesophagus, throat, pharynx
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Late Middle English: from Old French goulet, diminutive of goule ‘throat’, from Latin gula.