Medical Definition of Choana

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Choana: An opening at the back of the nasal passage (there is a left and a right side) that empties into the space behind the nose called the nasopharynx, where the adenoids and eustachian tube are. The passage way continues down into the back of the mouth and into the throat.

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Reviewed on 12/21/2018

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