The tube through which food passes from the pharynx to the stomach; gullet.
Webster's New World
(US) Alternative spelling of oesophagus.
- jugular region
Other Word Forms of Esophagus
Origin of Esophagus
Middle English isophagus from Medieval Latin ēsophagus from Greek oisophagos arbitrary medical coinage perhaps from ois- future tense stem of pherein to carry oit- in Indo-European roots -phagos food (unattested sense) (from phagein to eat bhag- in Indo-European roots)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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