pharynx

Definition / meaning of pharynx

The hollow tube inside the neck that starts behind the nose and ends at the top of the trachea (windpipe) and esophagus (the tube that goes to the stomach). The pharynx is about 5 inches long, depending on body size. Also called throat.

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The Web site of the National Cancer Institute (http://www.cancer.gov/)

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