Passavant's cushion

[ păsə-vănts′ ]


A prominence on the posterior wall of the nasal pharynx formed by contraction of the superior constrictor of the pharynx during swallowing.

Nearby words

  1. proper,
  2. proper adjective,
  3. proper fasciculus,
  4. proper fraction,
  5. proper function,
  6. proper noun,
  7. proper palmar digital nerve,
  8. proper plantar digital nerve,
  9. proper substance of cornea,
  10. proper substance of sclera

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