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1690s, from Greek pharynx (genitive pharyngos) "windpipe, throat," related to pharanx "cleft, chasm."
pharynx phar·ynx (fār'ĭngks)
n. pl. phar·ynx·es or pha·ryng·es (fə-rĭn'jēz)
The upper section of the alimentary canal that extends from the mouth and nasal cavities to the larynx.