One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Painful swallowing (typically a symptom of oesophageal disease).
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Morell Mackenzie (1837–1892), physician and laryngologist. Originally from ancient Greek ὀδύνη pain + ancient Greek -ϕαγία -phagia; later re-formed from ancient Greek ὀδύνη pain + -o- + ancient Greek -ϕαγία -phagia.
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