Definitions for: Pharynx


[n] the passage to the stomach and lungs; in the front part of the neck below the chin and above the collarbone



Webster (1913) Definition: Phar"ynx, n.; pl. pharynges. [NL., fr. Gr. ?, ?: cf.
F. pharynx.] (Anat.)
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.

Synonyms: throat

See Also: adenoid, alimentary canal, alimentary tract, cervix, clapper, digestive tract, digestive tube, gastrointestinal tract, GI tract, glossa, gustatory organ, laryngopharynx, lingua, Luschka's tonsil, nasopharynx, neck, oropharynx, pharyngeal recess, pharyngeal tonsil, taste bud, tastebud, third tonsil, tongue, tonsilla adenoidea, tonsilla pharyngealis, tubular cavity, upper respiratory tract

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Famous Quotes Containing Pharynx:


Remember that the pharynx is at a crossroads from which leads off, at the top, the passage to the mouth cavity and the passage to the nasal cavity, and below, the passage to the larynx.

-- Roman Jakobson (Russian Scientist)


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