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

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The nasopharynx is the upper part of the throat that lies behind the nose, just above the soft part of the roof of the mouth and just behind the nasal passages, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS). Dennis Thompson,, "Blood test can screen for rare sinus cancer," 10 Aug. 2017

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

Medical Definition of nasopharynx

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

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