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

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Surveying the mutant landscape The researchers examined cells lining the esophagus of nine deceased organ donors ranging in age from 20 to 75. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Healthy tissues in older people carry a lot of cancer-promoting mutations," 26 Oct. 2018 After the patient was under anesthesia, an upper endoscopy was performed to evaluate the esophagus and stomach. Colin Huntley, Philly.com, "Medical Mystery: What caused old man's swallowing trouble?," 29 June 2018 This sounds vague, but Dr. Baggish points out that many organs in the chest, like the heart, lungs, and esophagus share the same nerve supply. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "Is Your Chest Pain Physical or Mental?," 14 Nov. 2018 Surgeons are also developing new procedures to treat conditions infants are born with, such as an esophagus or intestines that don’t work properly. Laura Landro, WSJ, "The New, Improved World of Infant Care," 16 Sep. 2018 Alcohol is associated with cancers of the mouth and throat, larynx, esophagus, colon and rectum, liver and breast, according to the CDC. Joel Achenbach, The Seattle Times, "A huge clinical trial collapses, and research on alcohol remains befuddling," 6 Aug. 2018 Alcohol use, even at low levels, is linked to a number of cancers, including breast, colorectal, liver and esophagus. Christina Mair, Philly.com, "Alcohol kills many more Americans than opioids do. Why do we think drinking is healthy?," 9 July 2018 These data have unveiled a hidden world of somatic mutation and clonal competition in normal esophagus. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Healthy tissues in older people carry a lot of cancer-promoting mutations," 26 Oct. 2018 But when a button battery gets stuck, the battery acid can eat through the wall of the esophagus, causing lifelong disability. Amanda Macmillan, Health.com, "A Button Battery Burned a Hole in a Toddler's Esophagus, and His Parents Are Sharing Their Scary Story," 10 May 2018

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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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