|—n , pl pharynges, pharynxes|
|Compare nasopharynx the part of the alimentary canal between the mouth and the oesophagusRelated: pharyngeal|
|[C17: via New Latin from Greek pharunx throat; related to Greek pharanx 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.
|pharynx (fār'ĭngks) Pronunciation Key
Plural pharynges (fə-rĭn'jēz) or pharynxes
The passage that leads from the cavities of the nose and mouth to the larynx (voice box) and esophagus. Air passes through the pharynx on the way to the lungs, and food enters the esophagus from the pharynx.