Definition of glossopharyngeal in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌɡlɒsəʊfəˈrɪn(d)ʒɪəl/
Pronunciation: /ˌɡlɒsəʊˌfar(ə)nˈdʒiːəl/


Relating to the tongue and pharynx.
Example sentences
  • After several investigations, including computed tomography, he had undergone a trial of carbamazepine for glossopharyngeal neuralgia.
  • The increase in airway area in all three regions with glossopharyngeal stimulation was uniform across the pressure range.
  • In contrast, a greater increase in velopharyngeal lateral diameter resulted from glossopharyngeal stimulation than from any of the other nerves.


Early 19th century: from Greek glōssa 'tongue' + pharyngeal (from modern Latin pharynx, pharyng- 'pharynx').

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