[ ney-zoh-far-ingks ]
/ ˌneɪ zoʊˈfær ɪŋks /
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noun, plural na·so·pha·ryn·ges [ney-zoh-fuh-rin-jeez], /ˌneɪ zoʊ fəˈrɪn dʒiz/, na·so·phar·ynx·es.Anatomy.

the part of the pharynx behind and above the soft palate, directly continuous with the nasal passages.Compare oropharynx (def. 2).



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Origin of nasopharynx

First recorded in 1875–80; naso- + pharynx

OTHER WORDS FROM nasopharynx

na·so·pha·ryn·ge·al [ney-zoh-fuh-rin-jee-uhl, -juhl, -far-uhn-jee-uhl], /ˌneɪ zoʊ fəˈrɪn dʒi əl, -dʒəl, -ˌfær ənˈdʒi əl/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for nasopharynx

/ (ˌneɪzəʊˈfærɪŋks) /

noun plural -pharynges (-fəˈrɪndʒiːz) or -pharynxes

the part of the pharynx situated above and behind the soft palate

Derived forms of nasopharynx

nasopharyngeal (ˌneɪzəʊfəˈrɪndʒɪəl, -ˌfærɪnˈdʒɪəl), adjective
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Medical definitions for nasopharynx

[ nā′zō-fărĭngks ]


The part of the pharynx above the soft palate that is continuous with the nasal passages.epipharynx

Other words from nasopharynx

na′so•pha•ryngeal (-fə-rĭnjəl, -făr′ən-jēəl) adj.
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