Definition: The part of the pharynx that lies above the soft palate; anteriorly it opens into the nasal cavities through the choanae; inferiorly, it communicates with the oropharynx through the pharyngeal isthmus; laterally it communicates with tympanic cavities through pharyngotympanic (auditory) tubes.
Synonym(s): pars nasalis pharyngisTA, epipharynx, nasal part of pharynx, nasal pharynx, pharyngonasal cavity, rhinopharynx
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