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Dictionary of Cancer Terms

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Oropharynx (OR-oh-FAYR-inks)
The part of the throat at the back of the mouth behind the oral cavity. It includes the back third of the tongue, the soft palate, the side and back walls of the throat, and the tonsils.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.