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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The section of the alimentary canal that extends from the mouth and nasal cavities to the larynx, where it becomes continuous with the esophagus.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The part of the alimentary canal that extends from the mouth and nasal cavities to the larynx, where it becomes continuous with the esophagus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A museulo-membranous pouch situated at the back of the nasal cavities, mouth, and larynx, and extending from the base of the skull to the cricoid cartilage.
  • n. In invertebrates, some tubular or infundibuliform beginning of the alimentary canal or continuation of the oral aperture

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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

Etymologies

New Latin pharynx, pharyng-, from Greek pharunx.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From New Latin pharynx, from Ancient Greek φάρυγξ (pharunks, "pharynx"). (Wiktionary)

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