[fuh-rin-jee-uh l, -juh l, far-in-jee-uh l]


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
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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pharyngeal


pharyngal (fəˈrɪŋɡəl)


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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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

pharyngeal in Medicine


[fə-rĭnjəl, făr′ĭn-jēəl]


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