oropharynx

[ awr-oh-far-ingks, ohr- ]
/ ˌɔr oʊˈfær ɪŋks, ˌoʊr- /

noun, plural o·ro·pha·ryn·ges [awr-oh-fuh-rin-jeez, ohr-], /ˌɔr oʊ fəˈrɪn dʒiz, ˌoʊr-/, o·ro·phar·ynx·es.Anatomy.

the part of the pharynx between the soft palate and the upper edge of the epiglottis.
the pharynx as distinguished from the nasopharynx and laryngeal pharynx.

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Origin of oropharynx

First recorded in 1885–90; oro-2 + pharynx

OTHER WORDS FROM oropharynx

o·ro·pha·ryn·ge·al [awr-oh-fuh-rin-jee-uhl, -far-in-jee-uhl, ohr-], /ˌɔr oʊ fəˈrɪn dʒi əl, -ˌfær ɪnˈdʒi əl, ˌoʊr-/, adjective
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Medical definitions for oropharynx

oropharynx
[ ôr′ō-fărĭngks ]

n.

The pharynx between the soft palate and the epiglottis.

Other words from oropharynx

o′ro•pha•rynge•al (-fə-rĭnjē-əl, -jəl, -făr′ĭn-jēəl) adj.
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