January 2005
Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary;2005, p2201
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A definition of the term "tongue-swallowing" is presented. It refers to a condition in which the tongue tends to fall backward and obstruct the openings to the larynx and esophagus. The term is inaccurate as the tongue is not swallowed, though it is used frequently. The condition is due to excessive flaccidity of the tongue during unconsciousness.


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