The esophagus is defined as the muscle tube that allows food to travel from the throat to the stomach.
An example of the esophagus is the part of the body that contracts and releases to allow food to move down to the stomach.
the tube through which food passes from the pharynx to the stomach; gullet
Origin of esophagusaltered (after ML) from Middle English ysophagus, Old French ysofague from Medieval Latin oesophagus from Classical Greek oisophagos, literally , passage for food from oisein, future infinitive of pherein, to carry (see bear) + phagein, to eat: see -phagous
nounpl. e·soph·a·gi, also oe·soph·a·gi
The muscular tube by which food passes from the pharynx to the stomach; the gullet.
Origin of esophagusMiddle 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.)
- (US) Alternative spelling of oesophagus.