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The pharynx is an organ found in animals. The pharynx is part of the digestive system and also the respiratory system.

It is part of the conducting zone of the respiratory system which is made up of the nose, pharynx, larynx, trachea, bronchi, bronchioles, and terminal bronchioles; their function is to filter, warm, and moisten air and conduct it into the lungs.

"Pharynx" is pronounced /ˈfærɪŋks/[1][2]. It is from Ancient Greek: φάρυγξ . Its plural is "pharynges" (/fəˈrɪnz/), or "pharynxes" (/ˈfærɪŋksəz/). Its adjective form is "pharyngeal" (/ˌfærɪnˈəl/ or /fəˈrɪniəl/).

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  1. OED 2nd edition, 1989.
  2. Entry "pharynx" in Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, retrieved 2012-07-28.

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