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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.
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