nasopharynx

[ ney-zoh-far-ingks ]
/ ˌneɪ zoʊˈfær ɪŋks /

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).

Nearby words

  1. nasopalatine,
  2. nasopalatine nerve,
  3. nasopharyngeal leishmaniasis,
  4. nasopharyngitis,
  5. nasopharyngolaryngoscope,
  6. nasoscope,
  7. nasosinusitis,
  8. nasotracheal tube,
  9. nass,
  10. nassau

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

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British Dictionary definitions for nasopharynx

nasopharynx

/ (ˌneɪzəʊˈfærɪŋks) /

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 nasopharynx

nasopharynx

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for nasopharynx

nasopharynx

[ nā′zō-fărĭngks ]

n.

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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