- the tube or cavity, with its surrounding membrane and muscles, that connects the mouth and nasal passages with the esophagus.
Origin of pharynx
1685–95; < New Latin < Greek phárynx throat, akin to pháranx gulf, chasm
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Examples from the Web for pharynx
Yet this wonderful appliance had neither tongue nor teeth, larynx nor pharynx.Heroes of the Telegraph
It is just cephalad to the anterior end of the pharynx and to the hypophysis.Development of the Digestive Canal of the American Alligator
Albert M. Reese
Thus the opening from the larynx into the pharynx is closed.The Psychology of Singing
David C. Taylor
No foreign body was palpable with the finger in the pharynx.Surgical Experiences in South Africa, 1899-1900
George Henry Makins
Just back of the pharynx is the esophagus which leads to the beginning of the stomach.Insects and Diseases
Rennie W. Doane
- the part of the alimentary canal between the mouth and the oesophagusCompare nasopharynx Related adjective: pharyngeal
C17: via New Latin from Greek pharunx throat; related to Greek pharanx chasm
Word Origin and History for pharynx
1690s, from Greek pharynx (genitive pharyngos) "windpipe, throat," related to pharanx "cleft, chasm."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The upper section of the alimentary canal that extends from the mouth and nasal cavities to the larynx.
- The passage that leads from the cavities of the nose and mouth to the larynx (voice box) and esophagus. Air passes through the pharynx on the way to the lungs, and food enters the esophagus from the pharynx.
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