[ fuh-rin-jee-uh l, -juh l, far-in-jee-uh l ]
/ fəˈrɪn dʒi əl, -dʒəl, ˌfær ɪnˈdʒi əl /


of, relating to, or situated near the pharynx.
Phonetics. articulated with retraction of the root of the tongue and constriction of the pharynx.


Phonetics. a pharyngeal speech sound.
Also pha·ryn·gal [fuh-ring-guh l] /fəˈrɪŋ gəl/.

Origin of pharyngeal

1820–30; < New Latin pharynge(us) pharyngeal (see pharyng-, -eous) + -al1

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British Dictionary definitions for pharyngeal


pharyngal (fəˈrɪŋɡəl)

/ (ˌfærɪnˈdʒiːəl) /


of, relating to, or situated in or near the pharynx
phonetics pronounced or supplemented in pronunciation with an articulation in or constriction of the pharynx


phonetics a pharyngeal speech sound

Word Origin for pharyngeal

C19: from New Latin pharyngeus; see pharynx
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Medical definitions for pharyngeal

[ fə-rĭnjəl, făr′ĭn-jēəl ]


Of, relating to, located in, or coming from the pharynx.
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