esophagus

noun
esoph·​a·​gus | \ i-ˈsä-fə-gəs How to pronounce esophagus (audio) \
plural esophagi\ i-​ˈsä-​fə-​ˌgī How to pronounce esophagi (audio) , -​ˌjī \

Definition of esophagus

: 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

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Other Words from esophagus

esophageal \ i-​ˌsä-​fə-​ˈjē-​əl How to pronounce esophageal (audio) \ adjective

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Despite several efforts to quit drinking, Hallett developed pancreatitis and her liver was so scarred, the blood backed up into the veins of her esophagus. Jayne O'donnell, USA TODAY, "'Deaths of despair' from drugs, alcohol and suicide hit young adults hardest," 13 June 2019 Kwon was discovered to have a large tumor in her esophagus, and died of pneumonia, though a pathologist couldn’t rule out the attack as a contributing factor. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, "‘It is a real human phenomenon’: East Bay murder suspect was necrophiliac, not killer, defense says," 6 Sep. 2019 After Lorraine passed away in May 2018 at age 73, after close to a decade with achalasia, a condition that closes off the esophagus, Chuck set to work living out her wishes. Heidi Stevens, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Before she died, his wife planned out her memorial tour. Now he’s following it to a T — college bars and all," 9 Aug. 2019 Skin runs inside through the mouth, esophagus and then transitions to the special GI lining all the way through the gastrointestinal tract and back to the surface—interacting with the environment the whole way along. Scientific American, "Researchers Optimistic About Breaking Stride Of The Atopic March," 26 Aug. 2019 Acid reflux means that the sphincter at the bottom of the esophagus is weak enough to allow stomach contents to reverse course, causing symptoms like heartburn, according to the Mayo Clinic. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Is Sparkling Water Bad for You in Some Way?," 5 Apr. 2019 Heartburn, or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), occurs when stomach acid backs up into the esophagus (the tube connecting your throat and stomach), the ACG said. Serena Gordon, chicagotribune.com, "Heartburn drugs might bring allergy woes," 5 Aug. 2019 The first two bullets missed; the third punctured Warhol’s esophagus, stomach, spleen, liver, and lungs. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "“Valerie” Is an Extraordinary Love Letter to a Radical Feminist," 1 Aug. 2019 My husband recently had an endoscopy that revealed an anomalous patch of stomach tissue on the wall of his esophagus which had been exacerbating his acid reflux. Bobby Finger, New York Times, "Is Cold Brew Better Than Iced Coffee?," 2 July 2019

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First Known Use of esophagus

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for esophagus

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

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esophagus

noun

English Language Learners Definition of esophagus

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

esophagus

noun
esoph·​a·​gus | \ i-ˈsä-fə-gəs How to pronounce esophagus (audio) \
plural esophagi\ -​ˌgī , -​ˌjī \

Kids Definition of esophagus

: a muscular tube that leads from the mouth through the throat to the stomach

esophagus

noun
esoph·​a·​gus
variants: or chiefly British oesophagus \ i-​ˈsäf-​ə-​gəs How to pronounce oesophagus (audio) \
plural esophagi\ -​ˌgī How to pronounce esophagi (audio) , -​ˌjī How to pronounce esophagi (audio) \

Medical Definition of esophagus

: 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

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