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[fuh-rin-jee-uh l, -juh l, far-in-jee-uh l]
  1. of, relating to, or situated near the pharynx.
  2. Phonetics. articulated with retraction of the root of the tongue and constriction of the pharynx.
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  1. Phonetics. a pharyngeal speech sound.
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Also pha·ryn·gal [fuh-ring-guh l] /fəˈrɪŋ gəl/.

Origin of pharyngeal

1820–30; < New Latin pharynge(us) pharyngeal (see pharyng-, -eous) + -al1
Related formspost·pha·ryn·gal, adjectivepost·pha·ryn·ge·al, adjectivesub·pha·ryn·gal, adjectivesub·pha·ryn·ge·al, adjectivesub·pha·ryn·ge·al·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for pharyngeal

Historical Examples of pharyngeal

  • Here is placed the pharyngeal pump which is provided with a sucking apparatus.

    The Flea

    Harold Russell

  • The enamel of the pharyngeal teeth of some Teleosteans is hypoblastic in origin.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

  • The tone receives its expression from the pharyngeal cavity.

    Seed Thoughts for Singers

    Frank Herbert Tubbs

  • The pharyngeal arches of the hybrids are peculiarly deformed.

  • The pharyngeal teeth are subulate and acute, and of unequal heights.

British Dictionary definitions for pharyngeal


pharyngal (fəˈrɪŋɡəl)

  1. of, relating to, or situated in or near the pharynx
  2. phonetics pronounced or supplemented in pronunciation with an articulation in or constriction of the pharynx
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  1. phonetics a pharyngeal speech sound
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Word Origin for pharyngeal

C19: from New Latin pharyngeus; see pharynx
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Word Origin and History for pharyngeal


"pertaining to the pharynx," 1799, from Modern Latin pharyngeus, from pharynx (see pharynx) + -al (1). Alternative pharyngal is attested from 1835, from Modern Latin pharyngem with -al (1) substituted.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

pharyngeal in Medicine


(fə-rĭnjəl, făr′ĭn-jēəl)
  1. Of, relating to, located in, or coming from the pharynx.
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