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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: or'o-far'ingks


The portion of the pharynx that lies posterior to the mouth; it is continuous above with the nasopharynx via the pharyngeal isthmus and below with the laryngopharynx.

Synonym(s): pars oralis pharyngisTA, oral part of pharynx, oral pharynx

[L. os (or-), mouth]

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