esophagi

esophagus

[ih-sof-uh-guhs, ee-sof-]
noun, plural esophagi [ih-sof-uh-jahy, gahy, ee-sof-] . Anatomy, Zoology.
a muscular passage connecting the mouth or pharynx with the stomach in invertebrate and vertebrate animals; gullet.

Origin:
1350–1400; < Neo-Latin oesophagus < Greek oisophágos gullet, literally, channel for eating (oiso-, akin to oísein, future infinitive of phérein to carry + -phagos eating); replacing Middle English ysophagus < Medieval Latin

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esophagus (iːˈsɒfəɡəs)
 
n , pl -gi, -guses
the US spelling of oesophagus
 
esophageal
 
adj

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esophagus
late 14c., from Gk. oisophagos "gullet," lit. "what carries and eats," from oisein, fut. inf. of pherein "to carry" (see infer) + -phagos, from phagein "to eat" (see -phagous). Related: Esophageal.
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esophagus e·soph·a·gus or oe·soph·a·gus (ĭ-sŏf'ə-gəs)
n. pl. e·soph·a·gi (-jī', -gī')
The portion of the digestive canal between the pharynx and stomach, consisting of a cervical part from the cricoid cartilage to the thoracic inlet, a thoracic part from the thoracic inlet to the diaphragm, and an abdominal part below the diaphragm to the stomach.


e·soph'a·ge'al (-jē'əl) adj.
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esophagus   (ĭ-sŏf'ə-gəs)  Pronunciation Key 
Plural esophagi (ĭ-sŏf'ə-jī', -gī')
The muscular tube in vertebrates through which food passes from the pharynx to the stomach.
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esophagus [(i-sof-uh-guhs)]

The muscular tube that connects the mouth to the stomach and serves as a passageway for food. (See digestive system.)

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