oropharyngeal

adjective

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)
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 Of these, 12,500 are oropharyngeal cancers in men and 10,500 are cancers of the cervix. Matthew Herper Reprints, STAT, 23 May 2024 About 10% of infections last longer and can put individuals at risk for some cancers including cervix, vaginal and vulvar cancer; penile cancer; anal cancer; and oropharyngeal cancer, which is a cancer of the back of the throat, according to the CDC. Mary Kekatos, ABC News, 16 May 2024 In March 2022, a passenger (and thankfully a wilderness first responder) aboard a Frontier Airlines flight saved a woman’s life, but not after some quick thinking; the airline’s medical kit didn’t contain an oropharyngeal airway, a tool to help the woman breathe. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, 7 Sep. 2023 In addition to an oropharyngeal airway, Raines used an other medical device called bag valve mask, which provides positive pressure ventilation to a patient who is not breathing properly. Sydney Page, Washington Post, 2 June 2023 Mehanna attributed the spike to a rise in a type of throat cancer called oropharyngeal cancer, which affects the tonsils and other structures in the back of the throat that make up the oropharynx. Korin Miller, Health, 8 June 2023 Another study, published Friday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that symptomatic patients using shorter swabs to collect their own nasal samples yielded test results that were as accurate as samples collected by a health care worker using nasal and oropharyngeal swabs. Catherine Ho, SFChronicle.com, 15 June 2020 This explains in part why oropharyngeal cancer is rising among older people. Korin Miller, Health, 8 June 2023 Fortunately, there was some medical equipment on board — including an oropharyngeal airway, a device used to open a patient’s airway. Sydney Page, Washington Post, 2 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1885, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of oropharyngeal was in 1885

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Cite this Entry

“Oropharyngeal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oropharyngeal. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

oropharyngeal

adjective
oro·​pha·​ryn·​geal -ˌfar-ən-ˈjē-əl How to pronounce oropharyngeal (audio) -fə-ˈrin-j(ē-)əl How to pronounce oropharyngeal (audio)
1
: of or relating to the oropharynx
2
: of or relating to the mouth and pharynx
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