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 Chinese Americans experience the highest rates of nasopharyngeal cancers that is likely connected to consumption of salted fish. Claire Wang, NBC News, 7 June 2022 The agency also declined to approve a cancer drug from Coherus BioSciences and its Chinese partner, Shanghai Junshi Biosciences, for treating a type of nasopharyngeal carcinoma, citing the need for quality process changes. Ed Silverman, STAT, 4 May 2022 To confirm this suspicion the virus was isolated from infected patient nasopharyngeal tissue, saliva, stool, and blood samples to clone the viral genome. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 13 Apr. 2022 Now the newer study contends that inactivating the virus in the mouth’s saliva and mucous membranes could help reduce infection in the adjoining nasopharyngeal area, too. Abdullah Iqbal, Scientific American, 24 Feb. 2022 Such a reservoir of virus is not likely to be in your nose, so the nasopharyngeal swab people used to test for COVID is vastly negative in the long-COVID patients. The Atlantic, 7 May 2021 Health officials at the airport conducted 54,520 SARS-CoV-2 saliva tests, and 55 people tested positive, which was confirmed by an additional PCR test using a nasopharyngeal swab. Alice Park, Time, 4 Feb. 2022 Covid tests typically use a nasal swab, or what’s known as a nasopharyngeal swab when a sample is taken from deep inside the nose. Ben Zimmer, WSJ, 13 Jan. 2022 In the Yale study, the saliva tests actually detected the virus more frequently — 81% of the tests came back positive in the first five days of infections, compared to 71% of nasopharyngeal tests. Fortune, 5 Sep. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of nasopharyngeal

1848, in the meaning defined above

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“Nasopharyngeal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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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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