esophagus

play
noun esoph·a·gus \i-ˈsä-fə-gəs\

Definition of esophagus

plural

esophagi

play \i-ˈsä-fə-ˌgī, -ˌjī\
  1. :  a muscular tube that conveys food from the mouth to the stomach and 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

esophageal

play \i-ˌsä-fə-ˈjē-əl\ adjective

Origin and Etymology 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


ESOPHAGUS Defined for English Language Learners

esophagus

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noun esoph·a·gus \i-ˈsä-fə-gəs\

Definition of esophagus for English Language Learners

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


ESOPHAGUS Defined for Kids

esophagus

play
noun esoph·a·gus \i-ˈsä-fə-gəs\

Definition of esophagus for Students

plural

esophagi

\-ˌgī, -ˌjī\
  1. :  a muscular tube that leads from the mouth through the throat to the stomach


Medical Dictionary

esophagus

noun esoph·a·gus
variants: or chiefly British

oesophagus

\i-ˈsäf-ə-gəs\play

Medical Definition of esophagus

plural

esophagi

\-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



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