[ih-sof-uh-guh s, ee-sof-] /ɪˈsɒf ə gəs, iˈsɒf-/

noun, plural esophagi
[ih-sof-uh-jahy, gahy, ee-sof-] /ɪˈsɒf əˌdʒaɪ, ˌgaɪ, iˈsɒf-/ (Show IPA). Anatomy, Zoology.
a muscular passage connecting the mouth or pharynx with the stomach in invertebrate and vertebrate animals; gullet.
noun (pl) -gi (-ˌdʒaɪ), -guses
the US spelling of oesophagus

late 14c., from Greek oisophagos “gullet,” literally “what carries and eats,” from oisein, future infinitive of pherein “to carry” (see infer) + -phagos, from phagein “to eat” (see -phagous). Related: Esophageal.

esophagus e·soph·a·gus or oe·soph·a·gus (ĭ-sŏf’ə-gəs)
n. pl. e·soph·a·gi (-jī’, -gī’)
The portion of the digestive canal between the pharynx and stomach, consisting of a cervical part from the cricoid cartilage to the thoracic inlet, a thoracic part from the thoracic inlet to the diaphragm, and an abdominal part below the diaphragm to the stomach.
e·soph’a·ge’al (-jē’əl) adj.
Plural esophagi (ĭ-sŏf’ə-jī’, -gī’)
The muscular tube in vertebrates through which food passes from the pharynx to the stomach.
esophagus [(i-sof-uh-guhs)]

The muscular tube that connects the mouth to the stomach and serves as a passageway for food. (See digestive system.)


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