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esophagus

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noun esoph·a·gus \i-ˈsä-fə-gəs\

Simple Definition of esophagus

  • medical : the tube that leads from the mouth through the throat to the stomach

Full Definition of esophagus

plural esoph·a·giplay \-ˌgī, -ˌjī\

  1. :  a muscular tube that in humans is about nine inches (23 centimeters) long and passes from the pharynx down the neck between the trachea and the spinal column and behind the left bronchus where it pierces the diaphragm slightly to the left of the middle line and joins the cardiac end of the stomach

esoph·a·ge·al play \i-ˌsä-fə-ˈjē-əl\ adjective

Origin of esophagus

Middle English ysophagus, from Medieval Latin ysofugus, from Greek oisophagos, from oisein to be going to carry + phagein to eat — more at baksheesh


First Known Use: 14th century


Medical Dictionary

esophagus

noun esoph·a·gus

Medical Definition of esophagus

plural esoph·a·gi \-ˌgī, -ˌjī\play play

  1. :  a muscular tube that in adult humans is about nine inches (23 centimeters) long and passes from the pharynx down the neck between the trachea and the spinal column and behind the left bronchus where it pierces the diaphragm slightly to the left of the middle line and joins the cardiac end of the stomach



Illustration of esophagus

Variants of esophagus

or chiefly British oe·soph·a·gus \i-ˈsäf-ə-gəs\play


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