Definition of oropharynx in US English:



  • The part of the pharynx that lies between the soft palate and the hyoid bone.

    • ‘In addition to the vallate and fungiform papillae of the tongue, taste buds are found in the soft palate, oropharynx, and epiglottis.’
    • ‘Patients then develop a maculopapular rash on the face, forearms, and mucous membranes of the oropharynx.’
    • ‘Changes in the mucosa of the oropharynx, including dry cracked lips or strawberry tongue’
    • ‘Pollutant-caused cancers are predominantly attributable to the use of tobacco products, and involve the lung, oropharynx, larynx, bladder, and kidney.’
    • ‘Employees reported exposure to a green mist that was irritating to their eyes, nose, oropharynx, and lungs.’


Late 19th century: formed irregularly from Latin os, -or ‘mouth’ + pharynx.