Definitions for nasopharynxˌneɪ zoʊˈfær ɪŋks; -fəˈrɪn dʒiz

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

na•so•phar•ynxˌneɪ zoʊˈfær ɪŋks; -fəˈrɪn dʒiz(n.)(pl.)-pha•ryn•ges

  1. the part of the pharynx behind and above the soft palate, directly continuous with the nasal passages.

    Category: Anatomy

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na`so•pha•ryn′ge•al-fəˈrɪn dʒi əl, -dʒəl, -ˌfær ənˈdʒi əl(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. nasopharynx(noun)

    cavity forming the upper part of the pharynx


  1. nasopharynx(Noun)

    The nasal part of the pharynx, lying behind the nose and above the level of the soft palate.


  1. Nasopharynx

    The nasopharynx is the uppermost part of the pharynx. It extends from the base of the skull to the upper surface of the soft palate; it differs from the oral and laryngeal parts of the pharynx in that its cavity always remains patent.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Nasopharynx

    The top portion of the pharynx situated posterior to the nose and superior to the SOFT PALATE. The nasopharynx is the posterior extension of the nasal cavities and has a respiratory function.

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