Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The section of the digestive tract that extends from the mouth and nasal cavities to the larynx, where it becomes continuous with the esophagus.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A museulo-membranous pouch situated at the back of the nasal cavities, mouth, and larynx, and extending from the base of the skull to the cricoid cartilage.
  • noun In invertebrates, some tubular or infundibuliform beginning of the alimentary canal or continuation of the oral aperture

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Anat.) The part of the alimentary canal between the cavity of the mouth and the esophagus. It has one or two external openings through the nose in the higher vertebrates, and lateral branchial openings in fishes and some amphibias.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun anatomy The part of the alimentary canal that extends from the mouth and nasal cavities to the larynx, where it becomes continuous with the esophagus.

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

  • noun the passage to the stomach and lungs; in the front part of the neck below the chin and above the collarbone

Etymologies

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

[New Latin pharynx, pharyng-, from Greek pharunx.]

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From New Latin pharynx, from Ancient Greek φάρυγξ (pharunks, "pharynx").

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