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

  • n. The muscular membranous tube for the passage of food from the pharynx to the stomach; the gullet.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Alternative spelling of oesophagus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Same as esophagus, esophageal, etc.
  • n. That part of the alimentary canal between the pharynx and the stomach; the gullet. See Illust. of Digestive apparatus, under digestive.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The gullet; the canal through which food and drink pass to the stomach. In man the esophagus is a musculomembranous tube about nine inches long, extending from the pharynx to the stomach.
  • n. See esophagus.

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

  • n. the passage between the pharynx and the stomach


Middle English isophagus, from Medieval Latin ēsophagus, from Greek oisophagos, arbitrary medical coinage perhaps from ois- : future tense stem of pherein, to carry + -phagos, food (unattested sense) (from phagein, to eat).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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