Definitions

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

  • n. The part of the pharynx between the soft palate and the epiglottis.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the oral part of the pharynx, reaching from the uvula to the level of the hyoid bone

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The pharynx proper, directly continuous with the cavity of the mouth: distinguished from nasopharynx. See cut under mouth.

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

  • n. cavity formed by the pharynx at the back of the mouth

Etymologies

Latin ōs, ōr-, mouth; see os1 + pharynx.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
oro- +‎ pharynx (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Between 1988 and 2004, the researchers found, the incidence of HPV-positive oropharynx cancers—those that affect the back of the tongue and tonsil area—increased by 225%.

    Throat Cancer Linked to Virus

  • Kreimer, Ph.D., of the National Cancer Institute, estimates that about 65 percent of the approximately 8,000 cancers of the oropharynx tonsils and base of the tongue seen in the U.S. in 2010 were from HPV infection; 80 percent of these are in men.

    HPV Affects Half Of U.S. Men

  • The documentation included not only how long the procedure lasted, how much water was used and how it was poured, but also "if the naso - or oropharynx was filled, what sort of volume was expelled .... and how the subject looked between each treatment."

    Sheri Fink: Bush Memos Suggest Abuse Isn't Torture If a Doctor Is There

  • The EMR-generated report I received dutifully reported a full mental status was normal, that the extra-ocular movements were intact, the pupils equal, round and reactive to light, the oropharynx was benign, the dentition in good repair, that the neck was free of lymphadenopathy, jugular venous distention, bruit or goiter and that the trachea was midline....

    It Happened Again!

  • There is also the possibility of transmitting HPV to the oropharynx via oral sex, which can lead to mouth and throat cancers — this is rare but it happens.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Gardasil Vaccinations for Boys?

  • AlphaLiberal has the party-line hook so far down his throat that he can't talk without the liberal line and sinker constricting his uvula and oropharynx.

    "Beware the long arm of Butt-Head."

  • If bleeding continues despite the pack, posterior bleeding is occuring: introduce a Foley catheter (n°12) as far as the oropharynx, inflate the balloon with 10 to 15 ml of air (Figure 69), and pull back until it abuts on the posterior pharyngeal wall.

    Chapter 6

  • Those viruses cause genital warts and a variety of cancers: cervical, vaginal, vulvar, penile, anal, as well as oral and oropharynx cancers.

    The Globe and Mail - Home RSS feed

  • Intubation compromises the integrity of the oropharynx and trachea and allows oral and gastric secretions to enter the lower airways.

  • Department of Radiation Medicine announced today it is seeking patients with cancer of the oropharynx (back of the mouth) to participate in a Phase I clinical trial.

    RedOrbit News - Technology

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