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

Examples of esophagus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Between the stomach and the esophagus (the tube that carries food from your mouth to your stomach) is a muscular valve called the lower esophageal sphincter, according to the National Institute for Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Is Late-Night Snacking Really So Wrong?," 23 Aug. 2019 Doctors cut out that bad part of his esophagus in July, and with the help of continuing chemo and radiation treatment, he has been declared cancer-free. Kevin Fagan, SFChronicle.com, "Evicted for having cancer, disabled house painter lands in a place of his own," 28 Nov. 2019 Whales were quickly ruled out by the marine experts because only one, a sperm whale, has a large enough esophagus to swallow a man whole. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: A past president of Israel chose La Jolla as his hideaway," 20 Aug. 2019 This can cause acid reflux, meaning that gastric acid can enter your esophagus and lead to heartburn. Tara C. Smith, SELF, "Should You Worry About the Zantac Recall If You've Been Using It for Heartburn?," 31 Oct. 2019 Lucas was referred to Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, where gastrointestinal specialists took x-rays of his esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon and rectum. Heidi Stevens, chicagotribune.com, "Column: After going ‘through hell and back,’ 11-year-old boy is saved by his little sister’s stem cells," 10 Oct. 2019 The webbed contraption looks something like an unraveled alimentary canal — esophagus, stomach and intestines. Los Angeles Times, "Review: With the Amazon rainforest on fire, Ernesto Neto’s art opens a jungle clearing," 9 Oct. 2019 Sometimes this valve remains open, allowing the contents of the stomach and digestive juices to flow back up into the esophagus and cause irritation, Scott Gabbard, M.D., a gastroenterologist at Cleveland Clinic, tells SELF. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Is Late-Night Snacking Really So Wrong?," 23 Aug. 2019 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

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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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The first known use of esophagus was in the 14th century

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20 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Esophagus.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/esophagus. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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More Definitions for esophagus

esophagus

noun
How to pronounce esophagus (audio)

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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