nasopharyngeal

adjective
na·​so·​pha·​ryn·​geal | \ ˌnā-zō-fə-ˈrin-j(ē-)əl How to pronounce nasopharyngeal (audio) , -ˌfer-ən-ˈjē-əl, -ˌfa-rən- \

Definition of nasopharyngeal

: of, relating to, or affecting the nose and pharynx or the nasopharynx

Examples of nasopharyngeal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Of the five acceptable specimens for initial testing listed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, four are nasal or nasopharyngeal specimens, which test the nose or nose and throat, respectively. Camille Caldera, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Though nasal test for COVID-19 swabs deep into the nose, nothing is implanted," 12 July 2020 Recent research has shown that nasal swabs perform similarly as nasopharyngeal swabs. Julie Washington, cleveland, "Cleveland Clinic switches to nasal swabs for drive-through coronavirus testing," 29 Aug. 2020 Origin has found applications in the shoe industry and most recently has mass produced nasopharyngeal swabs for COVID-19 test kits. Patrick Kennedy, Star Tribune, "Stratasys buys San Francisco-based 3-D printing company for $100M," 9 Dec. 2020 First: How does a nasopharyngeal test for COVID-19 work? Korin Miller, Health.com, "Woman Suffers Extremely Rare Brain Fluid Leak After Coronavirus Test—Here's What You Need to Know," 2 Oct. 2020 Janet Holcomb received both an Abbott rapid test and a nasopharyngeal PCR test, and both were negative, according to the governor's office. Vic Ryckaert, The Indianapolis Star, "Gov. Holcomb tests negative for COVID-19 after security detail contracts virus," 20 Nov. 2020 Once again, a nasopharyngeal coronavirus test came back positive. Author: Karen Kaplan, Anchorage Daily News, "A 25-year-old Nevada man got COVID-19 twice. It was worse the second time.," 13 Oct. 2020 Once again, a nasopharyngeal coronavirus test came back positive. oregonlive, "A Nevada man got COVID-19 twice, and it was worse the second time," 13 Oct. 2020 Users swab the inside of their nostrils (not as far into the nasal cavity as the deeper nasopharyngeal swabs), then swirl it in a vial that is then placed in the test kit, the FDA press release explains. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "The First At-Home COVID-19 Test Just Got FDA Authorization," 18 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of nasopharyngeal

1848, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nasopharyngeal was in 1848

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22 Jan 2021

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“Nasopharyngeal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nasopharyngeal. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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nasopharyngeal

adjective
na·​so·​pha·​ryn·​geal | \ ˌnā-zō-fə-ˈrin-j(ē-)əl How to pronounce nasopharyngeal (audio) , -ˌfar-ən-ˈjē-əl How to pronounce nasopharyngeal (audio) \

Medical Definition of nasopharyngeal

: of, relating to, or affecting the nose and pharynx or the nasopharynx nasopharyngeal cancer nasopharyngeal secretions

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