Definition of palatopharyngeus in English:

palatopharyngeus

noun

Anatomy
  • A muscle that arises from the palate and inserts into the thyroid cartilage, forming the posterior arch of the fauces and serving to constrict the fauces and draw the larynx and pharynx upwards.

Origin

Mid 18th century. From post-classical Latin palatopharyngeus from palato- + pharyngeus.

Pronunciation

palatopharyngeus

/ˌpalətəʊfəˈrɪn(d)ʒɪəs//pəˌleɪtəʊfəˈrɪn(d)ʒɪəs//ˌpalətəʊˌfarɪnˈdʒiːəs/