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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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The effects of poisoning depend on the substance swallowed but can include vomiting, loss of consciousness, pain or a burning sensation.
Results were recorded as each subject (n = 40) swallowed water at three different temperature ranges: normal (23-25 [degrees]C), cold (8-10 [degrees]C), and hot (58-60 [degrees]C).
Chisaka and colleagues found that when volunteers swallowed barium pills with water, the fluoroscope showed that the pills became stuck in the esophagus 30% of the time.
Then the researchers calculated the risk of infection per dive and per year based on the volume of swallowed water reported and pathogen concentrations.
He did not tell Cooney about the clip, which she swallowed when she drained the last bit of wine from the container, the suit said.
The breath picks up the scent of the swallowed liquid and carries the aroma up to the nose.
A 30-year-old woman presented to the emergency room stating that she had swallowed an entire plastic spoon.
Mucosal changes were noted in 33% of 52 swallowed pennies, 38% of 13 swallowed nickels, 0% of 2 swallowed dimes, and 29% of 14 swallowed quarters.
Nearly all gas trapped in the stomach comes from swallowed air; it does not typically originate there.
But, in her eagerness to eat, she tends to put a large amount of food in her mouth and to put more food in her mouth before she has swallowed the previous mouthful.
The timing of the oral preparatory phase varies according to the consistency of the food or liquid being swallowed and the personal habit patterns of the individual patient.
Cigarettes remained top of the list of dangerous objects swallowed by infants in Japan in fiscal 1999 for the 21st straight year, accounting for near half of such incidents in the year, the Health and Welfare Ministry said Wednesday.