- Anatomy. the cavity at the back of the mouth, leading into the pharynx.
- a vestibule of an ancient Roman house.
Origin of fauces
1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin
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Examples from the Web for fauces
Fauces, the passage from the atrium to the peristyle in a Roman house.Architecture
Thomas Roger Smith
It may, like any other artery, be wounded, especially from the fauces.A Manual of the Operations of Surgery
The throat and fauces were only slightly reddened, the tongue was furred.Poisons: Their Effects and Detection
Alexander Wynter Blyth
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.
- anatomy the area between the cavity of the mouth and the pharynx, including the surrounding tissues
C16: from Latin: throat
- 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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