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noun, plural hy·po·pha·ryn·ges [hahy-puh-fuh-rin-jeez] /ˌhaɪ pə fəˈrɪn dʒiz/, hy·po·phar·ynx·es.
  1. Entomology. a tonguelike lobe on the floor of the mouth in many insects.
  2. Anatomy. the lower part of the pharynx.
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Origin of hypopharynx

First recorded in 1820–30; hypo- + pharynx
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Examples from the Web for hypopharynx

Historical Examples of hypopharynx

  • Just below this is the hypopharynx, the lateral margins of which are very thin.

    Insects and Diseases

    Rennie W. Doane

  • The labrum is considered by some authorities to be the hypopharynx.

    The Flea

    Harold Russell

  • Distinct and conspicuous maxillulae are associated with the tongue or hypopharynx.

  • Endolabium: the inner or mouth surface of the labium: the hypopharynx when that is well developed.

  • Hypopharynx: a sensitive and sensory structure on the upper surface of labium that serves as an organ of taste, or true tongue.

hypopharynx in Medicine


  1. laryngopharynx
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