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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms


nasopharynx  listen  (NAY-zoh-FAYR-inx)

  The upper part of the throat behind the nose. An opening on each side of the nasopharynx leads into the ear.

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Anatomy of the pharynx; drawing shows the nasopharynx, oropharynx, and hypopharynx. Also shown are the nasal cavity, oral cavity, esophagus, trachea, and larynx.