Definition of oropharynx in English:

oropharynx

Line breaks: oro|phar¦ynx
Pronunciation: /ˌɔːrə(ʊ)ˈfarɪŋks
 
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noun (plural oropharynges /-ˈfarɪndʒiːz/ or oropharynxes)

Anatomy
The part of the pharynx that lies between the soft palate and the hyoid bone.
More example sentences
  • Changes in the mucosa of the oropharynx, including dry cracked lips or strawberry tongue
  • Employees reported exposure to a green mist that was irritating to their eyes, nose, oropharynx, and lungs.
  • In addition to the vallate and fungiform papillae of the tongue, taste buds are found in the soft palate, oropharynx, and epiglottis.

Origin

late 19th century: formed irregularly from Latin os, -or 'mouth' + pharynx.

Derivatives

oropharyngeal

adjective
More example sentences
  • It is influenced by strength of oropharyngeal and laryngeal musculature.
  • Abnormal oropharyngeal and oesophageal anatomy can be readily identified.
  • Lung cancer is common, as are oropharyngeal cancers, which are linked to tobacco chewing, a distinctive South Asian habit.

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