Development, Anatomy, and Physiology of the Pharynx

  • Peter C. BelafskyEmail author
  • Catherine Rees Lintzenich


The pharynx plays an essential role in deglutition. It is a highly complex common cavity for swallowing and respiration and serves a vital function in the fundamental separation of food passage and air exchange. A thorough understanding of pharyngeal anatomy and physiology is essential to understand swallowing.


Pharynx Nasopharynx Oropharynx Hypopharynx Anatomy Physiology Embryology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter C. Belafsky
    • 1
    Email author
  • Catherine Rees Lintzenich
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck SurgeryUniversity of California, Davis Medical CenterSacramentoUSA
  2. 2.Department of OtolaryngologyWake Forest School of MedicineWinston SalemUSA

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