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noun, plural fau·ces.
  1. Anatomy. the cavity at the back of the mouth, leading into the pharynx.
  2. a vestibule of an ancient Roman house.

Origin of fauces

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin
Related formsfau·cial [faw-shuh l] /ˈfɔ ʃəl/, adjective
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noun plural -ces
  1. anatomy the area between the cavity of the mouth and the pharynx, including the surrounding tissues

Word Origin for fauces

C16: from Latin: throat
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fauces in Medicine


  1. 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.
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