AskDefine | Define throat

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1 the passage to the stomach and lungs; in the front part of the neck below the chin and above the collarbone [syn: pharynx]
2 an opening in the vamp of a shoe at the instep
3 a passage resembling a throat in shape or function; "the throat of the vase"; "the throat of a chimney";

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  • (UK) /ˈθɹəʊt/, /"Tr@Ut/
  • (US) /ˈθɹoʊt/, /"TroUt/
  • Rhymes: -əʊt


  1. The front part of the neck.
    The wild pitch bounced and hit the catcher in the throat.
  2. The gullet or windpipe.
    As I swallowed I felt something strange in my throat.
  3. A narrow opening in a vessel.
    The water leaked out from the throat of the bottle.



front part of the neck
gullet or windpipe
narrow opening in a vessel

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Extensive Definition

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.


throat in Bulgarian: Гърло
throat in Spanish: Garganta
throat in Esperanto: Gorĝo (anatomio)
throat in French: Gorge (anatomie)
throat in Indonesian: Tenggorok
throat in Italian: Gola (anatomia)
throat in Hebrew: גרון
throat in Latin: Gula
throat in Dutch: Keel (dier)
throat in Japanese: 咽喉
throat in Norwegian: Strupe
throat in Uighur: كېكىردەك
throat in Polish: Gardziel
throat in Portuguese: Garganta
throat in Simple English: Throat
throat in Slovenian: Grlo
throat in Thai: ช่องคอ
throat in Tagalog: Lalamunan
throat in Turkish: Boğaz (organ)
throat in Yiddish: האלדז
throat in Chinese: 咽喉

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