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[ney-zoh-far-ingks] /ˌneɪ zoʊˈfær ɪŋks/
noun, plural nasopharynges
[ney-zoh-fuh-rin-jeez] /ˌneɪ zoʊ fəˈrɪn dʒiz/ (Show IPA),
nasopharynxes. Anatomy
the part of the pharynx behind and above the soft palate, directly continuous with the nasal passages.
Compare oropharynx (def 2).
1875-80; naso- + pharynx
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[ney-zoh-fuh-rin-jee-uh l, -juh l, -far-uh n-jee-uh l] /ˌneɪ zoʊ fəˈrɪn dʒi əl, -dʒəl, -ˌfær ənˈdʒi əl/ (Show IPA),
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  • The treatment of lymphoid hypertrophies and infections of the pharynx and nasopharynx by irradiation.
British Dictionary definitions for nasopharynx


noun (pl) -pharynges (-fəˈrɪndʒiːz), -pharynxes
the part of the pharynx situated above and behind the soft palate
Derived Forms
nasopharyngeal (ˌneɪzəʊfəˈrɪndʒɪəl; -ˌfærɪnˈdʒɪəl) adjective
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Word Origin and History for nasopharynx

1877, from naso-, comb. form of Latin nasus "nose" (see nose (n.)) + pharynx.

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nasopharynx in Medicine

nasopharynx na·so·phar·ynx (nā'zō-fār'ĭngks)
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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