noun, Speech Pathology.
a technique for producing speech sounds without using the larynx, for people whose larynges are lacking or disabled, by expelling swallowed air that is modified by the tongue, lips, and palate as in normal speech.
esophageal speech n.
A technique for speaking after total laryngectomy involving the swallowing of air and its subsequent expulsion to produce a vibration in the hypopharynx.
- Esophageal varices
esophageal varices n. Longitudinal, superficial venous varices at the lower end of the esophagus that are prone to ulceration and massive bleeding.
- Esophageal vein
esophageal vein n. Any of several small venous trunks bringing blood from the esophagus and emptying into the brachiocephalic vein or the azygos vein.
esophagectasis e·soph·a·gec·ta·sis (ĭ-sŏf’ə-jěk’tə-sĭs) or e·soph·a·gec·ta·si·a (-jĭk-tā’zē-ə, -zhə) n. Dilation of the esophagus.
esophagectomy e·soph·a·gec·to·my (ĭ-sŏf’ə-jěk’tə-mē) n. Excision of all or a part of the esophagus.