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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]
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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.
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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]
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aerophagy

Air swallowing. This is common in people with indigestion whose efforts to bring up wind eventually result in the swallowing of sufficient air to produce a belch. Aerophagy is common in people with peptic ulcers or gallstones.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005