oropharynx

noun
oro·phar·ynx | \ˌȯr-ə-ˈfer-iŋ(k)s, -ˈfa-riŋ(k)s\

Definition of oropharynx 

: the part of the pharynx that is below the soft palate and above the epiglottis and is continuous with the mouth

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One of those types, HPV-16, is identified in more than half of cancers in the oropharynx, according to the National Cancer Institute. The Washington Post, The Denver Post, "Why doctors say kids need HPV vaccinations," 2 Apr. 2017

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1887, in the meaning defined above

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oropharynx

noun
oro·phar·ynx | \-ˈfar-iŋ(k)s \
plural oropharynges\-fə-ˈrin-(ˌ)jēz \ also oropharynxes

Medical Definition of oropharynx 

: the part of the pharynx that is below the soft palate and above the epiglottis and is continuous with the mouth

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