fauces

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fau·ces

 (fô′sēz′)
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.

fauces

(ˈfɔːsiːz)
n, pl -ces
(Anatomy) anatomy the area between the cavity of the mouth and the pharynx, including the surrounding tissues
[C16: from Latin: throat]

fau•ces

(ˈfɔ siz)

n., pl. -ces.
the cavity at the back of the mouth, leading into the pharynx.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin]
fau•cial (ˈfɔ ʃəl) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fauces - the passage between the back of the mouth and the pharynx
passageway, passage - a path or channel or duct through or along which something may pass; "the nasal passages"
Translations

fau·ces

n. L. fauces, región intermedia entre la boca y la faringe.
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Muscular tone in the tongue and throat decreases; these tissues are then prone to collapse during sleep, narrowing the oropharyngeal passage and vibrating on inspiration.