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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.
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Origin of fauces

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin
Related formsfau·cial [faw-shuh l] /ˈfɔ ʃəl/, adjective
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Related Words for fauces

esophagus, larynx, gullet, maw, passage, gorge, pharynx, trachea, windpipe, thorax, fauces

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Historical Examples of fauces

  • Fauces, the passage from the atrium to the peristyle in a Roman house.


    Thomas Roger Smith

  • It may, like any other artery, be wounded, especially from the fauces.

  • The throat and fauces were only slightly reddened, the tongue was furred.

  • The floor of the fauces, as of many of the other rooms, is rich in color.

  • The walls of the fauces are ornamented in an unusual manner.

British Dictionary definitions for fauces


noun plural -ces
  1. anatomy the area between the cavity of the mouth and the pharynx, including the surrounding tissues
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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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