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A throat generally refers to a narrow part of a passage. In vertebrate anatomy, it refers to the gullet or windpipe, i.e. the common passageway towards the stomach and lungs. It contains the pharynx and the larynx. In mammals, it includes the bones, hyoid bone and clavicle. Morphologically, the term may refer to the front part of the neck below the chin and above the collarbone. In botany, it is the orifice of a tube-like organ, such as the outer orifice of the tube of a monopetalous corolla. Synonym: windpipe, gullet, faux.

Related terms

  • Sore throat
  • Throat cancer
  • Waldeyers throat ring

See also

  • Pharynx
  • Larynx

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