Definition of pharynx
pharyngesplay \fə-ˈrin-(ˌ)jēz\ also
2 : a differentiated part of the digestive tract in some invertebrates that may be thickened and muscular, eversible and toothed, or adapted as a suctorial organ
Recent Examples of pharynx from the Web
That left behind just the worm's tube-like mouth sticking out of its belly, attached to its digestive tract via the pharynx.
Hagfish take in water through their nasopharyngeal duct, which leads to their pharynx and gill pouches.
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PHARYNX Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of pharynx for English Language Learners
medical : the part inside your mouth where the passages of the nose connect to your mouth and throat
PHARYNX Defined for Kids
Definition of pharynx for Students
: a tube extending from the back of the nasal passages and mouth to the esophagus that is the passage through which air passes to the larynx and food to the esophagus
Medical Definition of pharynx
: the part of the digestive and respiratory tracts situated between the cavity of the mouth and the esophagus and in humans being a conical musculomembranous tube about four and a half inches (11.43 centimeters) long that is continuous above with the mouth and nasal passages, communicates through the eustachian tubes with the ears, and extends downward past the opening into the larynx to the lower border of the cricoid cartilage where it is continuous with the esophagus—see laryngopharynx, nasopharynx, oropharynx
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