nasopharynx

[ney-zoh-far-ingks]
noun, plural nasopharynges [ney-zoh-fuh-rin-jeez] , nasopharynxes. Anatomy.
the part of the pharynx behind and above the soft palate, directly continuous with the nasal passages. Compare oropharynx ( def 2 ).

Origin:
1875–80; naso- + pharynx

nasopharyngeal [ney-zoh-fuh-rin-jee-uhl, -juhl, -far-uhn-jee-uhl] , adjective
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nasopharynx (ˌneɪzəʊˈfærɪŋks)
 
n , pl -pharynges, -pharynxes
the part of the pharynx situated above and behind the soft palate
 
nasopharyngeal
 
adj

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nasopharynx na·so·phar·ynx (nā'zō-fār'ĭngks)
n.
The part of the pharynx above the soft palate that is continuous with the nasal passages. Also called epipharynx.


na'so·pha·ryn'ge·al (-fə-rĭn'jē-əl, -jəl, -fār'ən-jē'əl) adj.
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The treatment of lymphoid hypertrophies and infections of the pharynx and nasopharynx by irradiation.
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