nasopharynx

noun
na·​so·​phar·​ynx | \ ˌnā-zō-ˈfer-iŋ(k)s How to pronounce nasopharynx (audio) , -ˈfa-riŋ(k)s \

Definition of nasopharynx

: the upper part of the pharynx continuous with the nasal passages

Examples of nasopharynx in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The endpoint of efficacy of the vaccine is preventing clinically apparent disease, which means that you could get infected, have nasopharynx virus in your nose and in your mouth. CBS News, 28 Feb. 2021 There was a recent study from Israel to show that the level of virus in the nasopharynx of vaccinated people is extremely low. CBS News, 28 Feb. 2021 An analysis of viral samples from around the state showed that, compared with people infected with other strains of SARS-CoV-2, those who were infected with the California strain had viral loads in the nasopharynx that were twice as high. Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times, 24 Feb. 2021 The gold standard for confirming an active COVID-19 infection is to take a swab from the nasopharynx and test it for the presence of viral RNA. Kaiser Health News, The Denver Post, 28 May 2020 The swab is in the nasopharynx for only a few seconds but can be very uncomfortable to patients. Miriam Fauzia, USA TODAY, 9 July 2020 Accuracy Questions Raised The gold standard for confirming an active COVID-19 infection is to take a swab sample from the nasopharynx and test it for the presence of viral RNA. Time, 27 May 2020 Made of plastic shafts and synthetic fibers, the highly specialized swabs are inserted through the nose and pushed back to the nasopharynx, or the upper part of the throat, and rotated for 15 seconds to collect viral specimens. Aidin Vaziri, SFChronicle.com, 24 Apr. 2020 To conduct the test, researchers first send a long, thin swab deep into the nose to collect fluid and cells from the nasopharynx, a cavity that sits just above the throat. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of nasopharynx

1877, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nasopharynx

New Latin

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“Nasopharynx.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nasopharynx. Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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nasopharynx

noun
na·​so·​phar·​ynx | \ -ˈfar-iŋ(k)s How to pronounce nasopharynx (audio) \
plural nasopharynges\ -​fə-​ˈrin-​(ˌ)jēz How to pronounce nasopharynx (audio) \ also nasopharynxes

Medical Definition of nasopharynx

: the upper part of the pharynx continuous with the nasal passages — compare laryngopharynx

More from Merriam-Webster on nasopharynx

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about nasopharynx

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