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pl.n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb)
The passage from the back of the mouth to the pharynx, bounded by the soft palate, the base of the tongue, and the palatine arches.

[Middle English, from Latin faucēs.]

fau′cal (-kəl), fau′cial (-shəl) adj.


(ˈfɔːkəl) or


1. (Anatomy) anatomy of or relating to the fauces
2. (Phonetics & Phonology) phonetics articulated in that part of the vocal tract between the back of the mouth and the larynx; pharyngeal
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Adj.1.faucal - of or relating to the fauces
anatomy, general anatomy - the branch of morphology that deals with the structure of animals
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As the bolus passes the posterior faucal (tonsil) arches the swallow becomes reflexive under the control of the brainstem.
For example, in the swallowing induction procedures, swallowing was broken down into its component steps from food entering the mouth to the initiation of the swallowing reflex at the faucal arches.