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Throat

Throat
Throat anatomy diagram.svg
The human throat.
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X-ray showing the throat, seen as a dark band to the front of the spine.
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Identifiers
Latingula
jugulum
FMA228738
Anatomical terminology

In vertebrate anatomy, the throat is the front part of the neck, positioned in front of the vertebra. It contains the pharynx and larynx. An important section of it is the epiglottis, which is a flap separating the esophagus from the trachea (windpipe) preventing food and drink being inhaled into the lungs.[citation needed] The throat contains various blood vessels, pharyngeal muscles, the nasopharyngeal tonsil, the tonsils, the palatine uvula, the trachea, the esophagus, and the vocal cords.[citation needed] Mammal throats consist of two bones, the hyoid bone and the clavicle. The "throat" is sometimes thought to be synonymous for the fauces.[1]

It works with the mouth, ears and nose, as well as a number of other parts of the body. Its pharynx is connected to the mouth, allowing speech to occur, and food and liquid to pass down the throat. It is joined to the nose by the nasopharynx at the top of the throat, and to ear by its Eustachian tube.[citation needed] The throat's trachea carries inhaled air to the bronchi of the lungs.[citation needed] The esophagus carries food through the throat to the stomach.[citation needed] Adenoids and tonsils help prevent infection and are composed of lymph tissue. The larynx contains vocal cords,[citation needed] the epiglottis (preventing food/liquid inhalation), and an area known as the subglottic larynx—the narrowest section of the upper part of the throat.[2] In the larynx, the vocal cords consist of two membranes that act according to the pressure of the air.[citation needed]

Jugulum

The Jugulum is a low part of the throat, located slightly above the breast.[3] The term Jugulum is reflected both by the internal and external jugular veins, which pass through the Jugulum.

References

  1. ^ "throat" at Dorland's Medical Dictionary
  2. ^ "Throat anatomy and physiology". Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Retrieved 7 August 2015.
  3. ^ Farlex dictionary, citing: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by C. & G. Merriam Co.

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