Glossary Term:

Title

esophageal speech

Phonetic

eh-<b>sof</b>-uh-<b>JEE</b>-uhl

Description

a special way to speak used by some people after the voice box (larynx) has been removed. Air is swallowed and a “belching” type of speech can be produced. New devices, improved surgery, and the use of chemotherapy and radiation therapy instead of surgery have reduced the need to learn esophageal speech.