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[ney-zoh-far-ingks] /ˌneɪ zoʊˈfær ɪŋks/
noun, plural nasopharynges
[ney-zoh-fuh-rin-jeez] /ˌneɪ zoʊ fəˈrɪn dʒiz/ (Show IPA),
nasopharynxes. Anatomy.
the part of the pharynx behind and above the soft palate, directly continuous with the nasal passages.
Compare oropharynx (def 2).
Origin of nasopharynx
First recorded in 1875-80; naso- + pharynx
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[ney-zoh-fuh-rin-jee-uh l, -juh l, -far-uh n-jee-uh l] /ˌneɪ zoʊ fəˈrɪn dʒi əl, -dʒəl, -ˌfær ənˈdʒi əl/ (Show IPA),
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noun (pl) -pharynges (-fəˈrɪndʒiːz), -pharynxes
the part of the pharynx situated above and behind the soft palate
Derived Forms
nasopharyngeal (ˌneɪzəʊfəˈrɪndʒɪəl; -ˌfærɪnˈdʒɪəl) adjective
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Word Origin and History for nasopharyngeal



1877, from naso-, comb. form of Latin nasus "nose" (see nose (n.)) + pharynx.

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nasopharyngeal in Medicine

nasopharynx na·so·phar·ynx (nā'zō-fār'ĭngks)
The part of the pharynx above the soft palate that is continuous with the nasal passages. Also called epipharynx.

na'so·pha·ryn'ge·al (-fə-rĭn'jē-əl, -jəl, -fār'ən-jē'əl) adj.
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