pha·​ryn·​geal | \ ˌfer-ən-ˈjē-əl How to pronounce pharyngeal (audio) , fa-rən-; fə-ˈrin-j(ē-)əl How to pronounce pharyngeal (audio) \

Definition of pharyngeal

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

Examples of pharyngeal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So over the course of evolution, the larynx in the human line has moved lower in our throats, opening up a much larger pharyngeal cavity than found in other primates. Louis-jean Boë, The Conversation, "Examining how primates make vowel sounds pushes timeline for speech evolution back by 27 million years," 11 Dec. 2019 The creature only appears an hour into the film, first glimpsed as saliva-like goo and then as pharyngeal jaws that shoot out from its mouth. J.b., The Economist, "Forty years later, “Alien” remains at the apex of sci-fi horror films," 5 Sep. 2019 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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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pha·​ryn·​geal | \ ˌfar-ən-ˈjē-əl How to pronounce pharyngeal (audio) , fə-ˈrin-j(ē-)əl How to pronounce pharyngeal (audio) \

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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