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e·soph·a·gusalso oe·soph·a·gus (ĭ-sŏf′ə-gəs)
n. pl. e·soph·a·gi (-jī′, -gī′) also oe·soph·a·gi
The muscular tube by which food passes from the pharynx to the stomach; the gullet.
[Middle English isophagus, from Medieval Latin ēsophagus, from Greek oisophagos, arbitrary medical coinage perhaps from ois- : future tense stem of pherein, to carry; see oit- in Indo-European roots + -phagos, food (unattested sense) (from phagein, to eat; see bhag- in Indo-European roots).]
e·soph′a·ge′al (-jē′əl) adj.
n, pl -gi (-ˌdʒaɪ) or -guses
(Anatomy) the US spelling of oesophagus
e•soph•a•gus(ɪˈsɒf ə gəs, iˈsɒf-)
n., pl. -gi (-ˌdʒaɪ, ˌgaɪ)
a muscular tube for the passage of food from the pharynx to the stomach; gullet.
[1350–1400; < Medieval Latin isophagus, esophagus < Greek oisophágos gullet]
The tube of the digestive tract through which food passes from the throat to the stomach.
The muscular tube through which food travels between the pharynx and stomach.
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|Noun||1.||esophagus - the passage between the pharynx and the stomach|
passageway, passage - a path or channel or duct through or along which something may pass; "the nasal passages"
alimentary canal, alimentary tract, digestive tract, digestive tube, gastrointestinal tract, GI tract - tubular passage of mucous membrane and muscle extending about 8.3 meters from mouth to anus; functions in digestion and elimination
epicardia - the short part of the esophagus extending downward from the diaphragm to the stomach
cardiac sphincter - the valve between the distal end of the esophagus and the stomach; the physiological sphincter at the esophagogastric junction