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To pass anything through the fauces, pharynx, and esophagus into the stomach; to perform deglutition.
[A.S. swelgan]


v. swal·lowed, swal·lowing, swal·lows
To cause (food or drink, for example) to pass through the mouth and throat into the stomach.
To perform the act of swallowing.
1. The act of swallowing.
2. An amount swallowed.

swal′low·er n.


To pass anything through the fauces, pharynx, and esophagus into the stomach; to perform deglutition.
[A.S. swelgan]


To pass anything through fauces, pharynx, and esophagus into the stomach; to perform deglutition.
[A.S. swelgan]


1. the amount of ingesta that can be swallowed at one time.
2. to perform the act of swallowing.

barium swallow
see barium swallow.

Patient discussion about swallow

Q. Is it dangerous to swallow a bubble gum? My 4 year old child always swallows his chewing gum and I am worried that it can harm him

A. what about when your 45 yrs old and still swallowing gum? we had a debate with my older sister about this.

Q. Why is it hard to swallow when you have a sore throat? I was sick last week. I had a sore throat pain in my neck and fever. the most annoying symptom that i had was pain during sallowing. what is the source of that pain, and what can I do to ease it next time?

A. When you have an inflammation in your body, the sick area hurts when its palpated. when your neck is inflamed, you have a pain in the neck. when the inside part of the neck is inflamed you have tonsillitis.
When you eat something, it touches your inside of the neck, and if it's inflamed it will be painful.
The good news is that you can treat this pain in the same way you treat other inflammatory pain - hot (NOT boiling) tea.

Q. mouth ulcer and difficulty to swallow, below right side of inner tongue guggle salt water and vinigar dose'nt help

A. how big is it? mouth ulcers has a reason why they happen. sometimes a broken tooth, biting a sharp metal, a prosthetic that doesn't sit well..that sort of things. but sometimes it is caused by other stuff. any way, oral hygiene may relieve some of the symptoms. Topical (rubbed on) antihistamines, antacids, corticosteroids, or other soothing preparations may be recommended for applying on top of the ulcer. Avoid hot or spicy foods.

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References in classic literature ?
No sooner, however, had she swallowed them than she lost human form, and ran into the courtyard in the shape of a donkey.
Ribby explained that her guest had swallowed a patty-pan.
No; there is no patty-pan, and I put one in; and nobody has eaten pie except me, so I must have swallowed it
But perhaps I should feel worse if I had really swallowed a patty- pan
Ah, heavens,' she said, 'is it possible that my poor children whom he has swallowed down for his supper, can be still alive?
Didn't Tip wish that he'd never swallowed one of them?
If you have never swallowed it, the pill can not have given you a pain.
He swallowed it without hesitation, and they all stood admiring his courage while the Insect counted seventeen by twos in the same way that Tip had done.
I did not lose the gold pieces, but I swallowed them when I drank the medicine.
Child being fond of toys, cribbed the necklace, hid it, played with it, cut the string, and swallowed a bead.
Next day, child swallowed two beads; the day after that, he treated himself to three, and so on, till in a week's time he had got through the necklace--five-and-twenty beads in all.
Also available as an enhanced ebook for the iPad, I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly is a combination children's picturebook and music CD, featuring an imagined rendition of classic children's songs, originally composed by Alan Mills in the 1950's.