n. pl. pha·ryn·ges (fə-rĭnjēz) or phar·ynx·es
The section of the digestive tract that extends from the mouth and nasal cavities to the larynx, where it becomes continuous with the esophagus.
[New Latin pharynx, pharyng-, from Greek pharunx.]
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