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).

Origin of nasopharynx

First recorded in 1875–80; naso- + pharynx
Related formsna·so·pha·ryn·ge·al [ney-zoh-fuh-rin-jee-uh l, -juh l, -far-uh n-jee-uh l] /ˌneɪ zoʊ fəˈrɪn dʒi əl, -dʒəl, -ˌfær ənˈdʒi əl/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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noun plural -pharynges (-fəˈrɪndʒiːz) or -pharynxes

the part of the pharynx situated above and behind the soft palate
Derived Formsnasopharyngeal (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




The part of the pharynx above the soft palate that is continuous with the nasal passages.epipharynx
Related formsna′so•pha•ryngeal (-fə-rĭnjəl, -făr′ən-jēəl) adj.
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