Definition of Pharynx

1. Noun. The passage to the stomach and lungs; in the front part of the neck below the chin and above the collarbone.

Definition of Pharynx

1. n. The part of the alimentary canal between the cavity of the mouth and the esophagus. It has one or two external openings through the nose in the higher vertebrates, and lateral branchial openings in fishes and some amphibias.

Definition of Pharynx

1. Noun. (anatomy) The part of the alimentary canal that extends from the mouth and nasal cavities to the larynx, where it becomes continuous with the esophagus. ¹

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Definition of Pharynx

1. a section of the digestive tract [n -YNGES or -YNXES]

Medical Definition of Pharynx

1. The cavity at the back of the mouth. It is cone shaped and has an average length of 76 mm and is lined with mucous membrane. The pharynx opens into the oesophagus at the lower end. (27 Sep 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Pharynx

pharyngotympanic groove
pharyngotympanic tube
pharynx (current term)
phase-amplitude contrast
phase-contrast microscope
phase-locked loop
phase-shift keying
phase I
phase II
phase III
phase III clinical trial

Literary usage of Pharynx

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1. Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1901)
"The mucous membrane of the pharynx is very vascular, and is often the seat ... Abscess may form in the connective tissue behind the pharynx, between it and ..."

2. Anatomy, Descriptive and Applied by Henry Gray (1913)
"passes downward along the side of the pharynx between the ... When deglutition "is about to be performed, the pharynx Is drawn upward and dilated in ..."

3. An Introduction to Entomology by John Henry Comstock (1920)
"The pharynx.—The pharynx is not a well-defined region of the intestine; the term pharynx is commonly applied to a region between the mouth and the ..."

4. Diseases of the Nose, Throat and Ear by William Lincoln Ballenger (1908)
"Anesthesia of the pharynx is not of any great clinical significance, excepting, perhaps, when it accompanies progressive bulbar disease. ..."

5. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1907)
"SCHILLING (Arch, internal, de laryng., d'otol., et de rhin., November and December, 1906) reports a tuberculous tumor at the vault of the pharynx, ..."

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