[ih-sof-uh-guh s, ee-sof-]
- 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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Examples from the Web for esophagus
The passage between the nasal passages and the esophagus: the throat.A Handbook of Health
Just back of the pharynx is the esophagus which leads to the beginning of the stomach.Insects and Diseases
Rennie W. Doane
Like all gases it ascends, and so passes out of the esophagus in prayer and psalmody.The Fiend's Delight
Your heart's in the old place, isn't it—at the end of your esophagus?The White Shield
The food that is swallowed passes down the esophagus and enters the stomach.Physiology
Ernest G. Martin
- the US spelling of oesophagus
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Word Origin and History for esophagus
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- 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.
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- The muscular tube in vertebrates through which food passes from the pharynx to the stomach.
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