pharynx

[far-ingks]
noun, plural pharynges [fuh-rin-jeez] , pharynxes. Anatomy.
the tube or cavity, with its surrounding membrane and muscles, that connects the mouth and nasal passages with the esophagus.

Origin:
1685–95; < Neo-Latin < Greek phárynx throat, akin to pháranx gulf, chasm

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pharynx (ˈfærɪŋks)
 
n , pl pharynges, pharynxes
Compare nasopharynx the part of the alimentary canal between the mouth and the oesophagusRelated: pharyngeal
 
Related: pharyngeal
 
[C17: via New Latin from Greek pharunx throat; related to Greek pharanx chasm]

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pharynx
1693, from Gk. pharynx (gen. pharyngos) "windpipe, throat," related to pharanx "cleft, chasm."
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Medical Dictionary

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.

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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.
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Example sentences
Part of your pharynx may be removed in a total laryngectomy.
Your pharynx is the tube air moves through from your nose.
The infection may also be present in the throat and areas around it, causing inflammation of the pharynx.
The pharynx is the part of the throat immediately behind the mouth.
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