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Pharynx

Similar term(s): nasopharynx, oropharynx, laryngopharynx.

Definition:

The pharynx is the part of the digestive system of many animals immediately behind the mouth and in front of the esophagus. In mammals, it is where the digestive tract and the respiratory tract cross, commonly called the "throat" (which term may also include the larynx). The human pharynx is bent at a sharper angle than other mammal pharynges, enabling us to produce a wider variety of sounds, but also putting us in danger of choking.

The human pharynx is divided into three sections: the nasopharynx, lying behind the nasal cavity; the oropharynx, behind the oral cavity [including soft palate, base of the tongue and tonsils]; and the laryngopharynx [also named hypopharynx], posterior to the larynx.

Source: GreenFacts

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Pharynx Pharynx
  1. Nasopharynx
  2. Oropharynx
  3. Laryngopharynx

Source: Arcadian  (public domain)

Related words:

Carcinogen - Esophagus - Larynx - Secondhand tobacco smoke - Soft palate

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Español: Faringe
Français: Pharynx

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