oropharynx

[awr-oh-far-ingks, ohr-]
noun, plural oropharynges [awr-oh-fuh-rin-jeez, ohr-] , oropharynxes. Anatomy.
1.
the part of the pharynx between the soft palate and the upper edge of the epiglottis.
2.
the pharynx as distinguished from the nasopharynx and laryngeal pharynx.

Origin:
1885–90; oro-2 + pharynx

oropharyngeal [awr-oh-fuh-rin-jee-uhl, -far-in-jee-uhl, ohr-] , adjective
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oropharynx o·ro·phar·ynx (ôr'ō-fār'ĭngks)
n.
The pharynx between the soft palate and the epiglottis.


o'ro·pha·ryn'ge·al (-fə-rĭn'jē-əl, -jəl, -fār'ĭn-jē'əl) adj.
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Example sentences
All of the seven leeches were removed smoothly and one leech migrated to the oropharynx during the operation.
It may also help doctors plan better treatment for patients with cancer of the oropharynx.
Abnormal cells are found in the lining of the oropharynx.
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