Words nearby oral cavity
What is the oral cavity?
Oral cavity is a scientific and anatomical term for the inside of the mouth.
Oral cavity is sometimes used synonymously with buccal cavity, another scientific term for the inside of the mouth (buccal can mean the same thing as oral). However, the buccal cavity is sometimes more technically defined as the entry area of the oral cavity.
Why is the oral cavity important?
Ever just stop and think about the inside of your mouth? Some scientists and anatomists make a career of it (and they have better ways of saying “inside of your mouth”). Oral cavity is a precise way of referring to the front part of the inside of the mouth, from the lips to the throat.
The term oral cavity helps scientists discuss the mouth with more precision in the course of identifying its parts and any problems that they may have. It is surrounded by the lips, cheeks, tongue, and hard and soft palates (the top part of your mouth). Everything inside that general area is said to be situated within the oral cavity. The oral cavities of mammals, like ours, typically include tongues and teeth. Mammals also usually excrete saliva in the oral cavity, which is a fancy way of saying they make spit. All of these things help us soften our food for consumption and help to keep the mouth nice and damp.
Precise terms like oral cavity are important in the context of medical terminology. They help doctors and scientists to be very specific about where things are situated.
Did you know ... ?
We often think of anatomical terms as applying mostly to humans, but the term oral cavity applies to other creatures too, and sometimes these oral cavities are very different. Rorqual whales, for example, have pleats that can expand the size of their oral cavity to make it up to four times larger.
What are real-life examples of oral cavity?
The term oral cavity is typically only used in technical medical and anatomical contexts. The term is used in the name of certain conditions and diseases, such as oral cavity cancer.
The risk of oral cavity cancer and oropharyngeal cancer is about 35 times higher in people who smoke 2 or more packs of cigarettes/day & have more than 4 alcoholic drinks/day than it is in people who have never smoked cigarettes or consumed alcohol. https://t.co/G8auLC3tcU pic.twitter.com/MujurpMkY7
— NCI Prevention & Early Detection (@NCIprevention) November 29, 2020
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Which of the following anatomical structures is NOT located in the oral cavity?
How to use oral cavity in a sentence
My doctor put me on oral contraceptives to induce a period, figuring it would help build bone.
The second major split between the capital and the court occurred over oral care.
“He was attempting to force me into oral sex,” Ruehli told Philadelphia Magazine.Bill Cosby’s Long List of Accusers (So Far): 18 Alleged Sexual Assault Victims Between 1965-2004|Marlow Stern|November 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Also, when Nelson died and Hugh Morrow did his own oral history project and talked to about 75 Rockefeller associates.
The papers report that J.W. was too afraid to resist his command for her to perform oral sex on him.
These oral inanities only served to make Lyn give me the benefit of a look of amused wonder.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
There appears a rude attempt to picture the mouth cavity and to show those interesting accessories, the teeth.Children's Ways|James Sully
But none of the orders given were more than oral, for the governor did not want them set on the records.
In addition, chylous and chyloid exudates are occasionally met, particularly in the peritoneal cavity.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis|James Campbell Todd
Oral evidence may be admitted to establish the location of monuments, and even hearsay evidence may be used for the purpose.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman|Albert Sidney Bolles