hypopharynx

noun hy·po·phar·ynx \ ˌhī-pō-ˈfer-iŋ(k)s \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of hypopharynx

1 : an appendage or thickened fold on the floor of the mouth of many insects that resembles a tongue
2 : the laryngeal part of the pharynx extending from the hyoid bone to the lower margin of the cricoid cartilage

Origin and Etymology of hypopharynx

borrowed from French, from hypo- hypo- + pharynx pharynx
Note: The term was introduced by the French zoologist Jules-César Savigny (1777-1851) in Mémoires sur les animaux sans vertèbres, 1. partie, 1. fascicule (Paris, 1816), "Théorie des organes de la bouche des animaux invertébrés et articulés," pp. 12-13.


Medical Dictionary

hypopharynx

noun hy·po·phar·ynx \ -ˈfar-iŋ(k)s \

medical Definition of hypopharynx

plural hypopharynges play \-fə-ˈrin-(ˌ)jēz\ also hypopharynxes
: the laryngeal part of the pharynx extending from the hyoid bone to the lower margin of the cricoid cartilage

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