oropharynx

noun

oro·​phar·​ynx ˌȯr-ə-ˈfer-iŋ(k)s How to pronounce oropharynx (audio)
-ˈfa-riŋ(k)s
: the part of the pharynx that is below the soft palate and above the epiglottis and is continuous with the mouth

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web During drowning, water is aspirated into the posterior oropharynx (throat) and down to the larynx (vocal cords). Dr. Michael Daignault, USA TODAY, 14 July 2022 Virus particles are most concentrated in the oropharynx located at the back of a person’s throat, which can be difficult to reach with an ordinary nasal swab. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, 9 Jan. 2022 He soon was diagnosed with cancer of the oropharynx, near the back of his throat. Shelley A. Sackett, sun-sentinel.com, 26 Nov. 2019 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, 2 Apr. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1887, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of oropharynx was in 1887

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Cite this Entry

“Oropharynx.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oropharynx. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition

oropharynx

noun

oro·​phar·​ynx -ˈfar-iŋ(k)s How to pronounce oropharynx (audio)
plural oropharynges -fə-ˈrin-(ˌ)jēz How to pronounce oropharynx (audio) also oropharynxes
: 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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