Meaning of 咽

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(Trad.: 嚥)
Total strokes: 9; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (mouth) conveys the meaning.
Character Formation:
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    • [ kǒu ] mouth; entrance, gate, opening
    • [ yīn ] cause, reason; by; because
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  • Pinyin: yàn

    English Definition: to swallow
    Chinese Definition:
    Example Words:
    狼吞虎咽 [ láng tūn yàn ]: to wolf down one's food (idiom); to devour ravenously; to gorge oneself
    吞咽 [ tūn yàn ]: to swallow; to gulp
    吞咽困难 [ tūn yàn kùn nán ]: dysphagia (medicine)
    咽下 [ yàn xià ]: to swallow; to suppress
    咽下困难 [ yàn xià kùn nán ]: dysphagia (medicine)
  • Pinyin: yān

    English Definition: narrow pass; throat; pharynx
    Chinese Definition:
    Example Words:
    咽喉 [ yān hóu ]: throat
    前咽 [ qián yān ]: prepharynx (biology)
    咽峡 [ yān xiá ]: isthmus of the fauces
    咽峡炎 [ yān xiá yán ]: angina; sore throat
    咽炎 [ yān yán ]: pharyngitis
  • Pinyin:

    English Definition: to choke (in crying)
    Chinese Definition:
    Example Words:
    哽咽 [ gěng ]: to choke with emotion; to choke with sobs
    呜咽 [ ]: to sob; to whimper
    抽咽 [ chōu ]: to sob
    梗咽 [ gěng ]: variant of 哽咽
    掩面呜咽 [ yǎn miàn ]: to bury the face in the hands and begin to weep (idiom)
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