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 However, as the Washington Post’s Kristine Phillips points out, in the late 1990s, a team of scientists from Japan were able to measure the radiation dose that nasopharyngeal cancer patients had absorbed from radiotherapy by studying their jawbones. Julissa Treviño, Smithsonian, "Researchers Identify How Much Radiation Hiroshima Victims Were Exposed to," 3 May 2018 In 1997, scientists from Taiwan measured the radiation dose that patients with nasopharyngeal cancer (in which cancer cells form near the throat behind the nose) had absorbed from radiotherapy by examining their jawbones. Kristine Phillips, Washington Post, "A single jawbone has revealed just how much radiation Hiroshima bomb victims absorbed," 2 May 2018 That May she was diagnosed with Stage 4 nasopharyngeal cancer, a rare type of head and neck cancer. Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, "Prom dream comes true for Matteson teen battling rare form of cancer," 28 Apr. 2018 In 2015 Alere—now owned by Abbott—got a CLIA waiver for a test for influenza based on extracting genetic material from a nasopharyngeal swab (way, way up your nose). Adam Rogers, WIRED, "Theranos Didn't Nuke the Diagnostics Business," 15 Mar. 2018 The DNA test wound up accurately detecting nasopharyngeal cancer 97 percent of the time. Dennis Thompson,, "Blood test can screen for rare sinus cancer," 10 Aug. 2017 Only one person who tested negative on screening developed nasopharyngeal cancer within a year. Washington Post, "Study boosts hope of ‘liquid biopsies’ for cancer screening," 9 Aug. 2017 Nicholle was diagnosed in October with a throat cancer, nasopharyngeal carcinoma. Usa Today Sports, USA TODAY, "Senators goalie Craig Anderson's wife Nicholle is cancer-free," 28 May 2017 Hagfish take in water through their nasopharyngeal duct, which leads to their pharynx and gill pouches. Mary Bates, WIRED, "The Creature Feature: 10 Fun Facts About the Hagfish," 3 Nov. 2014

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1848, in the meaning defined above

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“Nasopharyngeal.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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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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