Definition of nasopharynx in US English:



  • The upper part of the pharynx, connecting with the nasal cavity above the soft palate.

    • ‘The conducting portion of the respiratory system includes the nasal cavity, paranasal sinuses, nasopharynx, larynx, trachea, and bronchi.’
    • ‘Mucous membrane involvement is common, primarily of the oral mucosa and conjunctiva, but may also include the nasopharynx, larynx, esophagus, genitalia, and rectal mucosa.’
    • ‘These bacteria originate and spread from the nasopharynx to the middle ear cavity by way of the eustachian tube.’
    • ‘After pre-operative embolisation, the tumour was resected from the infratemporal and pterygopalatine fossae, sphenoid sinus, nasopharynx, nasal cavity and maxillary antrum.’
    • ‘Due to the movements of the soft palate, the nasopharynx is normally not opacified.’