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pharynx

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noun phar·ynx \ˈfa-riŋ(k)s\

Simple Definition of pharynx

  • medical : the part inside your mouth where the passages of the nose connect to your mouth and throat

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of pharynx

plural

pharynges

play \fə-ˈrin-(ˌ)jēz\ also

pharynxes

  1. 1 :  the muscular tubular passage of the vertebrate digestive and respiratory tracts extending from the back of the nasal cavity and mouth to the esophagus — compare nasopharynx, oropharynx

  2. 2 :  a differentiated part of the alimentary canal in some invertebrates that may be thickened and muscular, eversible and toothed, or adapted as a suctorial organ

Origin and Etymology of pharynx

New Latin pharyng-, pharynx, from Greek, throat, pharynx; akin to Old Norse barki throat and probably to Latin ferire to strike — more at bore


First Known Use: 1677


PHARYNX Defined for Kids

pharynx

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noun phar·ynx \ˈfer-iŋks\

Definition of pharynx for Students

plural

pharynges

\fə-ˈrin-ˌjēz\ also

pharynxes

  1. :  a tube extending from the back of the nasal passages and mouth to the esophagus that is the passage through which air passes to the larynx and food to the esophagus




Medical Dictionary

pharynx

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noun phar·ynx \ˈfar-iŋ(k)s\

Medical Definition of pharynx

plural

pharynges

\fə-ˈrin-(ˌ)jēz\play also

pharynxes

  1. :  the part of the digestive and respiratory tracts situated between the cavity of the mouth and the esophagus and in humans being a conical musculomembranous tube about four and a half inches (11.43 centimeters) long that is continuous above with the mouth and nasal passages, communicates through the eustachian tubes with the ears, and extends downward past the opening into the larynx to the lower border of the cricoid cartilage where it is continuous with the esophagus—see laryngopharynx, nasopharynx, oropharynx



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