OropharyngealJAMA Relating to that division of the pharynx between the soft palate and the epiglottis. The pharynx is a tube that connects the mouth and nasal passages with the esophagus, the connection to the stomach. The epiglottis is a thin, valvelike structure that covers the glottis, the opening at the upper part of the larynx (the part of the throat containing the vocal cords), during swallowing.
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