from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The abnormal, spasmodic swallowing of air, especially as a symptom of hysteria.

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  • n. aerophagy

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  • n. swallowing air (usually followed by belching and discomfort and flatulence)


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  • Swallowing air, known as aerophagia, can also be a major cause of abdominal pain, and may also lead to a swelling of the abdominal area, as well as frequent belching.


  • Pardon had told him not to worry about it, it was just aerophagia.

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