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Diagram of the Human Throat.
Dorlands/Elsevier Throat

In anatomy, the throat is the anterior part of the neck, in front of the vertebral column. It consists of the pharynx and larynx. An important feature of the throat is the epiglottis, a flap which separates the esophagus from the trachea and prevents inhalation of food or drink.

The throat contains various blood vessels, various pharyngeal muscles, the trachea (windpipe) and the esophagus. The hyoid bone and the clavicle are the only bones located in the throat of mammals.

It is sometimes considered a synonym for fauces.[1]

See also


1911 encyclopedia

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From LoveToKnow 1911

THROAT (0. Eng. rrotu, ]'rote or }'rota, possibly from preotan, to press, whence threat, or, with loss of initial s, connected with strut, to swell), the term applied to the front external part of the neck from below the chin to the collar-bone in human and animal anatomy, and to the internal parts, which include the gullet, viz. the fauces, pharynx and oesophagus, and the windpipe, viz. the larynx and trachea (see Pharynx, Alimentary Canal, and Respiratory System: Anatomy; and for diseases see Pharyngitis, Laryngitis, Diphtheria, Tonsilitis and Oesophagus) .

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Simple English


The throat is a part of the body. The throat is connected to the mouth at the top and to the stomach at the bottom. The throat is where food travels after being eaten and chewed by the teeth. Fluid drinks, such as water, also travel through the throat to the stomach and on to the rest of the body.

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