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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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A survey of nesting by cliff swallows (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota) and barn swallows (Hirundo rustica) at highway bridges in southern Arkansas.
Because of their broad geographical distribution and ease of study, barn swallows should make a good model species to study temporal and geographic patterns in reproductive success and behavior.
Male barn swallows have a wash of reddish-chestnut colour from their throats to their bellies.
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Behavioural ecologists have discovered that most female animals, from scorpion flies to barn swallows, prefer males with bilateral body symmetry.
Visser the couple chose the site because of its privacy and the surrounding wildlife, which includes deer, eagles, herons, kingfishers, otters and barn swallows.
For example, Barn Swallows (Hirundo rustica erythrogaster) in North America have two age-dependent sexually selected traits: tail streamer length and ventral plumage coloration (Lifjeld et al.
Worcester Airport's problem is with a much smaller number of barn swallows, which try to nest in jet bridges where their droppings could prove a health hazard to passengers walking beneath them.
There are dabbling ducks, Western sandpipers, barn swallows, red-shouldered hawks, osprey, bald eagles and peregrine falcons in the area, and they all thrive in tidal estuaries.
In their studies on barn swallows, the team came across birds with tumours on their feet, necks and around their eyes.