, gen. pharyngis, pl. pharynges
(faringks, f-rinjis, f-rinjz)
The upper expanded portion of the digestive tube, between the esophagus below and the mouth and nasal cavities above and in front; it is distinct from the rest of the digestive tube in that it is composed exclusively of skeletal (voluntary) muscle arranged in outer circular and inner longitudinal layers.
[Mod. L. fr. G. pharynx (pharyng-), the throat, the joint opening of the gullet and windpipe]