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oesophagus Line breaks: oe¦sopha|gus
Pronunciation: /ɪˈsɒfəɡəs/
(US esophagus)

Definition of oesophagus in English:

noun (plural oesophagi ɪˈsɒfədʒʌɪ or oesophaguses)

The part of the alimentary canal which connects the throat to the stomach. In humans and other vertebrates it is a muscular tube lined with mucous membrane.
Example sentences
  • Inlet patch is a congenital anomaly of the cervical esophagus consisting of gastric mucosa.
  • Tables are not used in the sections for the esophagus and the small intestine.
  • It happens when acid from your stomach leaks back up through your oesophagus and throat.


Late Middle English: modern Latin, from Greek oisophagos.



Pronunciation: /ɪˌsɒfəˈdʒiːəl/
Example sentences
  • No constant relationship of the esophageal arteries to the vagus nerve was noted.
  • Endoscopy showed normal oesophageal mucosa with increased oesophageal contractions.
  • This striated muscle, which is the upper esophageal sphincter, joins the ends of the cricoid cartilage.

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