• WordNet 3.6
    • n pharynx the passage to the stomach and lungs; in the front part of the neck below the chin and above the collarbone
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pharynx 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. It is continuous below with the esophagus, and communicates above with the nasal passages, Eustachian tubes, mouth, and larynx. It may be conveniently considered to be divided into the pharyngonasal, pharyngooral, and pharyngolaryngeal cavities. The pharynx has also been divided into two parts, called nasopharynx and oropharynx. See cuts under Branchiotma, mouth, and lamprey.
    • n pharynx In invertebrates, some tubular or infundibuliform beginning of the alimentary canal or continuation of the oral aperture A structure to which the name applies is very commonly found in invertebrates, even among those of microscopic size, as rotifers and infusorians. See cut under Oxyuris, Appendicularia, and Arctisca.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pharynx far′ingks the cleft or cavity forming the upper part of the gullet, and lying behind the nose, mouth, and larynx
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr. , : cf. F. pharynx,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Late L.,—Gr. pharyngkx, the pharynx.


In literature:

Mouth, throat, pharynx, all alike were parched and dry, every gland becoming hard as horn under the action of the hot air we breathed.
"The Survivors of the Chancellor" by Jules Verne
The soft palate which hangs as a curtain between the mouth and the pharynx.
"Disease and Its Causes" by William Thomas Councilman
Pharyngitis is an inflammation of the mucous membrane lining of the pharynx or throat.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
Pharynx, pain of, iv.
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin
Pass it to the back of the pharynx, keeping the end in the middle line.
"The Elements of Bacteriological Technique" by John William Henry Eyre
This is exceedingly difficult in fractures opening into the pharynx and nose.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
Lining membrane of pharynx partly destroyed.
"North American Medical and Surgical Journal, Vol. 2, No. 3, July, 1826" by Various
The PHARYNX is a membranous sac, situated upon the upper portion of the spinal column.
"A Treatise on Anatomy, Physiology, and Hygiene (Revised Edition)" by Calvin Cutter
Some writers class the walls of the pharynx with the solid parts of the vocal tract.
"The Voice" by Frank E. Miller
Two pairs of glands open into the buccal cavity, and at the junction of pharynx and oesophagus is another pair called the sugar glands.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 2" by Various
Then the pharynx squeezes it down a long tube and into the stomach.
"Applied Physiology" by Frank Overton
A buccal cavity, a pharynx, an oesophagus and an intestine are always distinguishable.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 7" by Various
The ball had stuck in his pharynx.
"Mr. Munchausen" by John Kendrick Bangs
It exists only in the mucus found on the pharynx.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 4, September 1893" by Various
The air we breathe passes through the mouth and nose to the pharynx, thence to the lungs by the windpipe.
"How to Care for the Insane" by William D. Granger
This canal opens into the pharynx.
"Embryology" by Gerald R. Leighton
Pure neuralgias of the larynx, like those of the pharynx, are more common in women, and especially in weakly hysterical women, than in men.
"Neuralgia and the Diseases that Resemble it" by Francis E. Anstie
The third department in voice culture relates to the pharynx, or back of the throat.
"Seed Thoughts for Singers" by Frank Herbert Tubbs
Mucus in pharynx easily detached (second day).
"New, Old, and Forgotten Remedies: Papers by Many Writers" by Various
With reference to the mouth and pharynx, we have nothing special to remark.
"The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume 1" by Francis Maitland Balfour

In news:

The National Cancer Institute estimates that a total of 40,250 men and women will be diagnosed with oral or pharynx cancer in 2012.
Pemphigus of the head and neck region is usually found in areas with mucosa, such as the mouth and pharynx.
Air is breathed in through the nasal cavity and/or mouth and down through the throat (the pharynx).
Incidence rates for oral and pharynx cancers are quite low in the US with 1.08 percent of men and women - approximately 1 out of 93 people -- estimated to get the disease.