fauces

noun

fau·​ces ˈfȯ-ˌsēz How to pronounce fauces (audio)
plural in form but singular or plural in construction
: the narrow passage from the mouth to the pharynx between the soft palate and the base of the tongue
faucial adjective

Word History

Etymology

Latin, plural, throat, fauces

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fauces was in the 15th century

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“Fauces.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fauces. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition

fauces

noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction
fau·​ces ˈfȯ-ˌsēz How to pronounce fauces (audio)
: the narrow passage from the mouth to the pharynx situated between the soft palate and the base of the tongue

called also isthmus of the fauces

faucial adjective
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