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oropharynx

[awr-oh-far-ingks, ohr-] /ˌɔr oʊˈfær ɪŋks, ˌoʊr-/
noun, plural oropharynges
[awr-oh-fuh-rin-jeez, ohr-] /ˌɔr oʊ fəˈrɪn dʒiz, ˌoʊr-/ (Show IPA),
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
1885-1890
1885-90; oro-2 + pharynx
Related forms
oropharyngeal
[awr-oh-fuh-rin-jee-uh l, -far-in-jee-uh l, ohr-] /ˌɔr oʊ fəˈrɪn dʒi əl, -ˌfær ɪnˈdʒi əl, ˌoʊr-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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Examples for oropharynx
  • 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.
oropharynx in Medicine

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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