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  • noun anatomy The tube that carries food from the pharynx to the stomach.

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  • noun the passage between the pharynx and the stomach


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From Ancient Greek οἰσοφάγος (oisophagos), from οἰσέμεν (oisemen), future form of φέρω (pherō, "I carry") + ἔφαγον (ephagon, "I ate").


  • An oesophagus is short or absent altogether; when present it is supported by a stiff buccal armature.

    Marine Protozoa from Woods Hole Bulletin of the United States Fish Commission 21:415-468, 1901

  • Again, just as there is a channel for the admission of the unconcocted food into the stomach, namely the mouth, and in some animals the so-called oesophagus, which is continuous with the mouth and reaches to the stomach, so must there also be other and more numerous channels by which the concocted food or nutriment shall pass out of the stomach and intestines into the body at large, and to which these cavities shall serve as a kind of manger.

    On the Parts of Animals

  • What comes next to the oesophagus is the gut; in fact, the gut is continuous with the oesophagus, and runs its whole length uncomplicated to the outlet of the residuum.

    The History of Animals

  • Inside the neck is what is termed the oesophagus (whose other name is derived oesophagus from its length and narrowness), and the windpipe.

    The History of Animals

  • The latest National Cancer Registry's annual report, published by the SA Institute for Medical Research, reveals that cancer of the oesophagus is the most common cancer among black men, while cancer of the cervix rates highest among black women.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • The epithelium of the oesophagus is the same here as in the more anterior regions described above; that of the lung rudiments is very variable in thickness, even in different parts of the same section, being in some places composed of a single layer of cuboidal or even flattened cells, in other places consisting of four or five layers of cells (not well shown in the figure).

    Development of the Digestive Canal of the American Alligator

  • Around the oesophagus, which is fairly long and soft, are no salivary glands, no silk-tubes.

    The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles

  • An imperceptible swelling indicates the place where the real stomach lies within; but in another sense one may call the oesophagus, and I might almost add the mouth itself, its stomach.

    The History of a Mouthful of Bread And its effect on the organization of men and animals

  • That nearest the orifice of the oesophagus is the broadest, and appears to act occasionally as a valve, so that the part beyond may be considered as an appendage similar to that of the peccary and the hog.

    Sketches of the Natural History of Ceylon

  • Under cross-examination, Dr Igras agreed the oesophagus is a delicate organ, but said that her "extremely limited" experience with oesophagectomies precluded her from saying whether it was common for them to be torn during these procedures.

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