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Mar 17, 2011
This week's theme
Seventeen-letter words to mark Wordsmith.org's septendecennial

This week's words
predestinarianism
triskaidekaphobia
contradistinguish
laryngopharyngeal
perspicaciousness

Larynx and pharynx
Larynx and pharynx
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laryngopharyngeal

PRONUNCIATION:
(luh-ring-goh-fuh-RIN-jee-uhl, -juhl)

MEANING:
adjective: Of or relating to the larynx (the part of the throat holding the vocal cords) and pharynx (the part of the throat that leads from the mouth to the esophagus).

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin larynx, from Greek larynx + Latin pharynx, from Greek pharynx (throat). Earliest documented use: 1872.

NOTES:
If you have heard this term, chances are it was in the context of laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR), a condition in which the contents of the stomach flow back to the throat.

USAGE:
"Under the heading of laryngopharyngeal disorders we discover that oboists and horn players can be prone to nasal speech, regurgitation of liquids and snorting while playing, all a result of the high pressures they must employ to hit their notes."
Not Quite So Perilous in the Orchestra Pit; Nelson Mail (New Zealand); Feb 25, 2009.

See more usage examples of laryngopharyngeal in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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