Exercise 6

The suffix -ectasis, meaning expansion or dilatation, is used to indicate the abnormal dilatation or expansion of a structure or an organ of the body — for example:

  1. Angiectasis is defined as a dilatation of a blood vessel (angi = blood vessel).
  2. Bronchiectasis is defined as a chronic dilatation of the bronchi or bronchioles.
  3. Pharyngectasis is defined as a hernial protrusion (dilatation) of a part of the pharynx.

So, the suffix -ectasis means expansion or dilatation. Which of the words listed below has a meaning very similar to the term pharyngectasis?