Hypopharynx

The hypopharynx is the bottom part of the pharynx (throat). The pharynx is a hollow tube about 5 inches long that starts behind the nose, goes down the neck, and ends at the top of the trachea (windpipe) and esophagus (the tube that goes from the throat to the stomach). Air and food pass through the pharynx on the way to the trachea or the esophagus.

Source: NCI (NIH)1

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Hypopharynx: The bottom portion of the pharynx situated below the Oropharynx and posterior to the Larynx. The hypopharynx communicates with the larynx through the laryngeal inlet, and is also called laryngopharynx.2

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References

  1. Source: NCI (NIH): cancer.gov/ types/ head-and-neck/ patient/ hypopharyngeal-treatment-pdq
  2. Source: MeSH (U.S. National Library of Medicine)

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