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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web It is believed to cause about 70 percent of oropharyngeal cancers — tumors of the back of the throat, the base of the tongue and the tonsils, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Michael Levenson, New York Times, 4 Jan. 2023 Two doctors gave him antibiotics before he was diagnosed with late-stage oropharyngeal cancer. Martha Shade, CNN, 15 Dec. 2022 The actor has also used her platform to advocate for the Oral Cancer Foundation, which estimates that 54,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral and oropharyngeal cancers each year. Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times, 21 Nov. 2022 After ordering a series of CT scans, Mock’s next doctor gave him a sobering diagnosis: late-stage oropharyngeal cancer, better known as throat cancer. USA Today, 23 May 2022 After ordering a series of CT scans, Mock’s next doctor gave him a sobering diagnosis: late-stage oropharyngeal cancer, better known as throat cancer. USA Today, 23 May 2022 After ordering a series of CT scans, Mock’s next doctor gave him a sobering diagnosis: late-stage oropharyngeal cancer, better known as throat cancer. USA Today, 23 May 2022 After ordering a series of CT scans, Mock’s next doctor gave him a sobering diagnosis: late-stage oropharyngeal cancer, better known as throat cancer. USA Today, 23 May 2022 After ordering a series of CT scans, Mock’s next doctor gave him a sobering diagnosis: late-stage oropharyngeal cancer, better known as throat cancer. USA Today, 23 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1885, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 5 Feb. 2023.

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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