Esophagus meaning

ĭ-sŏfə-gəs
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.

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The muscular tube by which food passes from the pharynx to the stomach; the gullet.
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The tube through which food passes from the pharynx to the stomach; gullet.
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The muscular tube by which food passes from the pharynx to the stomach; the gullet.
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The muscular tube in vertebrates through which food passes from the pharynx to the stomach.
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(US) Alternative spelling of oesophagus.
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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