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esophagus

[ih-sof-uh-guh s, ee-sof-]
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noun, plural e·soph·a·gi [ih-sof-uh-jahy, gahy, ee-sof-] /ɪˈsɒf əˌdʒaɪ, ˌgaɪ, iˈsɒf-/. Anatomy, Zoology.
  1. a muscular passage connecting the mouth or pharynx with the stomach in invertebrate and vertebrate animals; gullet.

Origin of esophagus

1350–1400; < New Latin oesophagus < Greek oisophágos gullet, literally, channel for eating (oiso-, akin to oísein, future infinitive of phérein to carry + -phagos eating); replacing Middle English ysophagus < Medieval Latin
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British Dictionary definitions for esophagi

esophagus

noun plural -gi (-ˌdʒaɪ) or -guses
  1. the US spelling of oesophagus
Derived Formsesophageal (iːˌsɒfəˈdʒiːəl), adjective
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Word Origin and History for esophagi

esophagus

n.

late 14c., from Greek oisophagos "gullet," literally "what carries and eats," from oisein, future infinitive of pherein "to carry" (see infer) + -phagos, from phagein "to eat" (see -phagous). Related: Esophageal.

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esophagi in Medicine

esophagus

n. pl. e•soph•a•gi (-jī′, -gī′)
  1. The portion of the digestive canal between the pharynx and stomach, consisting of a cervical part from the cricoid cartilage to the thoracic inlet, a thoracic part from the thoracic inlet to the diaphragm, and an abdominal part below the diaphragm to the stomach.
Related formse•soph′a•geal (-jēəl) adj.
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esophagi in Science

esophagus

[ĭ-sŏfə-gəs]
Plural esophagi (ĭ-sŏfə-jī′, -gī′)
  1. The muscular tube in vertebrates through which food passes from the pharynx to the stomach.
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esophagi in Culture

esophagus

[(i-sof-uh-guhs)]

The muscular tube that connects the mouth to the stomach and serves as a passageway for food. (See digestive system.)

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