Waldeyer's ring

Last revised by Daniel J Bell on 29 Jan 2020

Waldeyer's ring is a ring of lymphoid tissue located in the nasopharynx and oropharynx at the entrance to the aerodigestive tract.

Gross anatomy

The structures composing this ring are:

History and etymology

It is named after Heinrich Wilhelm Gottfried Waldeyer (1836-1921); although from 1916 until his death he became Wilhelm Gottfried von Waldeyer-Hartz following an elevation to a Prussian peerage; Hartz was his mother's maiden name. He was a celebrated German anatomist, physiologist and pathologist 2,3.

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