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moving the lips and tongue in such a way as to create suction and draw fluids or solids into the mouth. See also sucking reflex.
nonnutritive sucking in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as the provision of sucking opportunities for the infant who is gavage fed or who can receive nothing by mouth.


An oral pattern that emerges in the infant after suckling in which the tongue moves up and down but the lower jaw remains relatively stable and the lips form a firm closure around the nipple, resulting in little loss of liquid.


the application of suction to an object by the mouth.

sucking drive
instinctive enthusiasm of the neonate to suck on a teat, or any object which even remotely resembles a teat.
sucking lice
lice in the order Anoplura. Includes the families Echinophthiriidae, Haematopinidae, Hoplopleuridae, Lignognathidae and Pediculidae.
sucking reflex
sucking movements of the lips of newborn and unweaned animals elicited by placing a warm, fleshy mass in the animal's mouth.

Patient discussion about sucking

Q. What does thumb or finger sucking mean in ADULTS? People watch the unusual behavior of a person and decide their disorder. I strongly agree, but here is a critical question for you all. What does thumb or finger sucking mean in ADULTS?

A. It’s not a show to enjoy and laugh! It means that whomever you are talking about needs to see a psychologist. I am not joking. Things we are supposed to out-grow but don't, i.e. thumb sucking, imaginary friends or bed wetting, can represent serious problems or mental blocks.

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White fly weakens cotton plants by sucking juice and the insect also plays a major role in spreading cotton leave curl virus CLVC from one plant to another, experts added.
REDUCE IT IN A PLANNED WAY: Guy Deeming, left, and with children Eli, three, and Anouk, 10 months, far left, says little ones can be weaned off dummies, but removing the problem of finger or thumb sucking is more challenging
If a child's feeding habits are not regular, the child could possibly develop the habit of thumb sucking as a reflection of his hunger.
Dentists can be relied upon to give advice that sucking a thumb, finger or dummy will misalign teeth but if this were to happen it could be corrected by the same dentist with a brace.
The relationship of bottle feeding and other sucking behaviors with speech disorder in Patagonian preschoolers.
Since NAFTA went into effect on January 1,2004, there has been no "giant sucking sound.
I'm putting aspartame in my coffee, with dark chocolate powder, and sucking down an echinacea tablet while wearing a surgical mask.
The Answer: It is not because of vacuum, but the reason for this is that suction did not create vacuum and sucking moved air inside the flask through forced motion and successive movements created heat; the heat expanded air and when air is expanded in the flask, it requires more space, hence it is necessary that some of it must go out and whatever can find space will stay in the flask and upon contact with cold water, this air will compress and contract, requiring less space and because vacuum is not possible, water rises up in the flask to the extent of contraction of the air.
Some people get turned on by sucking toes and massaging soles.
One projection was screened on the wall while a second one glided and turned in a circular movement through space, sucking the viewer into this bizarre but altogether recognizable trip as not just a voyeur but a participant.
That giant sucking sound you hear is an accelerated depletion of oil, a finite natural resource, mandated by the increasing percentage of SUVs on the nation's roads.