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) \

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 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, "Fact check: Though nasal test for COVID-19 swabs deep into the nose, nothing is implanted," 12 July 2020 Many people have also been tested with a long throat swab, known as an oropharyngeal swab. Catherine Ho, SFChronicle.com, "Don’t want a long swab up your nose? Bay Area coronavirus test sites are trying alternatives," 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, "My Mother Died of Cervical Cancer. Now I’m an HPV Vaccine Advocate.," 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, "Cancer Deaths Have Declined 27 Percent in 25 Years, But Not Everyone Is Seeing the Same Benefit," 8 Jan. 2019 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

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First Known Use of oropharyngeal

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 11 Aug. 2020.

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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) \

Medical Definition of oropharyngeal

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

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