oropharyngeal

adjective
oro·​pha·​ryn·​geal | \ˌȯr-ə-ˌfer-ən-ˈjē-əl, -ˌfa-rən-, -fə-ˈrin-j(ē-)əl \

Definition of oropharyngeal 

1 : of or relating to the oropharynx

2 : of or relating to the mouth and pharynx

Examples of oropharyngeal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Approximately 110,000 new cases of oropharyngeal cancer are diagnosed in the U.S. annually. Shayne Benowitz, miamiherald, "Oral sex is causing a big jump in HPV throat cancer in men | Miami Herald," 24 May 2018 In hope of beating oropharyngeal cancer, Becker researched clinical trials after the disease recurred in December 2016, barely a year after initial treatment. Marie Mccullough, Philly.com, "Yardley man has terminal illness, but can't support GOP 'right to try'," 24 May 2018 No such screening test exists for oropharyngeal sites the tongue, soft palate, tonsils, the throat behind the nasal cavity and symptoms usually don't appear until cancer is advanced. Marie Mccullough, chicagotribune.com, "HPV is causing an oral cancer epidemic in men by outwitting natural defenses," 12 Mar. 2018 No such screening test exists for oropharyngeal sites - the tongue, soft palate, tonsils, the throat behind the nasal cavity - and symptoms usually don’t appear until cancer is advanced. Marie Mccullough, miamiherald, "Oral sex is causing an oral cancer epidemic in men by outwitting natural defenses | Miami Herald," 8 Mar. 2018 In 2014, he was diagnosed with oropharyngeal cancer and took a year-long hiatus, but has since recovered and released async this spring. Billboard Japan, Billboard, "Preview Ryuichi Sakamoto's Intimate Live New York Concert Film, 'async'," 1 Nov. 2017 Yet, in each year within that time span, a type of head and neck cancer called oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma was far more likely to strike men: 12,638 cases diagnosed in men each year, compared with just 3,100 cases in women. Susan Scutti, CNN, "One in nine American men has oral HPV, study finds," 16 Oct. 2017 Rising rates of oral cancer HPV is the single biggest cause of cervical cancer and certain types of head and neck cancers called oropharyngeal cancers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Maggie Fox, NBC News, "A Silent Epidemic of Cancer Is Spreading Among Men," 17 Oct. 2017 Scientists know that most oropharyngeal cancer is caused by HPV 16. Health.com, "The HPV-Related Cancer on the Rise in Men," 19 Oct. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'oropharyngeal.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of oropharyngeal

1885, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about oropharyngeal

Share oropharyngeal

Dictionary Entries near oropharyngeal

oronoco

Orontes

oropesa

oropharyngeal

oropharynx

orophilous

orophyte

Statistics for oropharyngeal

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for oropharyngeal

The first known use of oropharyngeal was in 1885

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for oropharyngeal

oropharyngeal

adjective
oro·​pha·​ryn·​geal | \-ˌfar-ən-ˈjē-əl, -fə-ˈrin-j(ē-)əl \

Medical Definition of oropharyngeal 

1 : of or relating to the oropharynx

2 : of or relating to the mouth and pharynx

Comments on oropharyngeal

What made you want to look up oropharyngeal? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

the figure or shape of a crescent moon

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Late Autumn 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • frosted-autumn-leaves
  • Which is a synonym of yahoo?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!