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

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 And while cervical cancer is more commonly associated with HPV, oropharyngeal cancer has now surpassed it as the leading cancer caused by HPV. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, 27 Apr. 2021 Travelers 12 and older to Antigua and Barbuda arriving by air must present a negative Covid-19-RT-PCR (real time polymerase chain reaction) test result, using a nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal swab. CNN, 21 Apr. 2021 The fifth type — an oropharyngeal specimen — is not recommended by the CDC, but is acceptable, and swabs the throat and tonsils. Camille Caldera, USA TODAY, 12 July 2020 Many people have also been tested with a long throat swab, known as an oropharyngeal swab. Catherine Ho, SFChronicle.com, 15 June 2020 The vaccine has been shown to be safe and effective in the prevention of HPV infection and has the potential to decrease cervical, vaginal, vulvar, and oropharyngeal (throat) cancers. Ian Fields, SELF, 26 Aug. 2019 Cancers of the brain and other nervous system, soft tissue, and oropharyngeal cancers linked to human papillomavirus (HPV) also increased. Korin Miller, SELF, 8 Jan. 2019 Approximately 110,000 new cases of oropharyngeal cancer are diagnosed in the U.S. annually. Shayne Benowitz, miamiherald, 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, 24 May 2018

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1885, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Oropharyngeal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oropharyngeal. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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oro·​pha·​ryn·​geal | \ -ˌfar-ən-ˈjē-əl How to pronounce oropharyngeal (audio) , -fə-ˈrin-j(ē-)əl How to pronounce oropharyngeal (audio) \

Medical Definition of oropharyngeal

1 : of or relating to the oropharynx
2 : of or relating to the mouth and pharynx


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