esophagus [ ih- sof- uh-g uhs, ee- sof- ] SHOW IPA / ɪˈsɒf ə gəs, iˈsɒf- / PHONETIC RESPELLING noun, plural e·soph·a·gi [ih- sof- uh-jahy, gahy, ee- sof-]. /ɪˈsɒf əˌdʒaɪ, ˌgaɪ, iˈsɒf-/. Anatomy, Zoology. a muscular passage connecting the mouth or pharynx with the stomach in invertebrate and vertebrate animals; gullet. QUIZZES QUIZ YOURSELF ON "WAS" VS. "WERE"!
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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 Words nearby esophagus esophagoscopy
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Example sentences from the Web for esophagus
The case currently before the Texas Supreme Court involves a 19-month-old toddler who suffered permanent damage to her
esophagus when she ingested a lithium-ion battery that popped out of a knockoff remote control.
So, the reason I “got into” making gravy was I had to follow a strict soft food diet for a couple months this summer after scorching my
Through the mouth the animal ejects a part of the
esophagus and envelops its prey, which is often of considerable size.
The food that is swallowed passes down the
esophagus and enters the stomach.
Close to its posterior end the
esophagus gives off three food reservoirs, two above and a single larger one below.
The respiratory system is represented by the anlage of the lungs, a longitudinal protrusion of the ventral wall of the
In the same way American usage prefers
esophagus, diarrhea and gonorrhea to the English o esophagus, diarrhoea and gonorrhoea. British Dictionary definitions for esophagus noun plural -gi ( -ˌdʒaɪ) or -guses Derived forms of esophagus esophageal ( iːˌsɒfəˈdʒiːəl), adjective
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Medical definitions for esophagus n. pl. e•soph•a•gi ( -jī′, -gī′) 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. Other words from esophagus e•soph′a•ge ( ′al -jē) ′əl adj.
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Scientific definitions for esophagus Plural esophagi ( ĭ-sŏf) ′ə-jī′, -gī′ The muscular tube in vertebrates through which food passes from the pharynx to the stomach.
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Cultural definitions for esophagus
The muscular tube that connects the mouth to the
stomach and serves as a passageway for food. ( See digestive system.)
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