One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to the tongue and pharynx.
- ‘In contrast, a greater increase in velopharyngeal lateral diameter resulted from glossopharyngeal stimulation than from any of the other nerves.’
- ‘After several investigations, including computed tomography, he had undergone a trial of carbamazepine for glossopharyngeal neuralgia.’
- ‘The increase in airway area in all three regions with glossopharyngeal stimulation was uniform across the pressure range.’
Early 19th century: from Greek glōssa ‘tongue’ + pharyngeal (from modern Latin pharynx, pharyng- ‘pharynx’).
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