oropharynx

noun
oro·​phar·​ynx | \ ˌȯr-ə-ˈfer-iŋ(k)s How to pronounce oropharynx (audio) , -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

Examples of oropharynx in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web He soon was diagnosed with cancer of the oropharynx, near the back of his throat. Shelley A. Sackett, sun-sentinel.com, "Israeli researchers offer new hope for cancer survivors suffering from side effects of treatment," 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, "Why doctors say kids need HPV vaccinations," 2 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of oropharynx

1887, in the meaning defined above

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“Oropharynx.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oropharynx. Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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oropharynx

noun
oro·​phar·​ynx | \ -ˈfar-iŋ(k)s How to pronounce oropharynx (audio) \
plural oropharynges\ -​fə-​ˈrin-​(ˌ)jēz How to pronounce oropharynges (audio) \ 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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