Development, anatomy, and physiology of the pharynx

Peter C Belafsky, Catherine Rees Lintzenich

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

3 Scopus citations


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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPrinciples of Deglutition: A Multidisciplinary Text for Swallowing and its Disorders
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781461437949
ISBN (Print)9781461437932
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013


  • Anatomy
  • Embryology
  • Hypopharynx
  • Nasopharynx
  • Oropharynx
  • Pharynx
  • Physiology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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