aerophagia


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aerophagia

 [ār″o-fa´jah]
excessive swallowing of air, usually an unconscious process associated with anxiety, resulting in abdominal distention or belching; these are often interpreted by the patient as signs of a physical disorder.

aer·o·pha·gi·a

, aerophagy (ār-ō-fā'jē-ă, -of'ă-jē),
An abnormal swallowing of air as seen in crib biting (so called cribbing) and wind sucking in horses.
Synonym(s): pneumophagia
[aero- + G. phagō, to eat]

aerophagia

/aero·pha·gia/ (-fa´jah) excessive swallowing of air, usually an unconscious process associated with anxiety.

aerophagia

(âr′ə-fā′jə)
n.
The swallowing of excess air, resulting in abdominal bloating and belching.

air swallowing

The excessive swallowing of air, which is usually an unconscious act that occurs during normal eating or drinking or is associated with other conditions.
Aetiology Anxiety, rapid eating or drinking of one’s food, chewing gum, smoking, or poorly fitted dentures. 
Clinical findings Abdominal bloating, belching, flatulence.

aerophagia

Aerophagy The excessive swallowing of air, which is usually an unconscious act that occurs during normal eating or drinking or is associated with other conditions Clinical Abdominal bloating, belching, flatulence Etiology Anxiety, rapid eating–'shoveling' or drinking–'guzzling,' chewing gum, smoking, or poorly fitted dentures. See Pneumatosis cystoides intestinalis.

aer·o·pha·gi·a

, aerophagy (ār'ō-fā'jē-ă, -of'ă-jē)
1. Excessive swallowing of air due to anxiety, hunger, improper eating habits, or other causes; can lead to abdominal distress, belching, and flatulence.
2. veterinary medicine Wind-sucking, a behavioral disorder of horses sometimes associated with crib-biting.
[aero- + G. phagō, to eat]

aerophagia

habitual swallowing of air. See crib-biting.
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Children with aerophagia need to be counseled to stop chewing gum, drinking carbonated beverages, and swallowing air in general, he said.