pharyngeal

adjective
pha·ryn·geal | \ˌfer-ən-ˈjē-əl, fa-rən-;fə-ˈrin-j(ē-)əl \

Definition of pharyngeal 

: relating to or located or produced in the region of the pharynx

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Most fish use a second set of jaws in their throats—the pharyngeal jaws—to crush and grind their prey. National Geographic, "Stingrays Chew? Who Knew?," 13 Sep. 2016

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First Known Use of pharyngeal

1754, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pharyngeal

New Latin pharyngeus "of the pharynx" (from Medieval Latin pharyng-, pharynx pharynx + Latin -eus -eous) + -al entry 1

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pharyngeal

adjective
pha·ryn·geal | \ˌfar-ən-ˈjē-əl, fə-ˈrin-j(ē-)əl \

Medical Definition of pharyngeal 

1 : relating to or located in the region of the pharynx

2a : innervating the pharynx especially by contributing to the formation of the pharyngeal plexus the pharyngeal branch of the vagus nerve

b : supplying or draining the pharynx the pharyngeal branch of the maxillary artery

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