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isthmus of fauces

 

Definition: the constricted and short space that establishes the connection between the cavity of the mouth and the oropharynx, bounded anteriorly by the palatoglossal folds and posteriorly by the palatopharyngeal folds; the lateral well is the tonsillar fossa.

Synonym(s): isthmus fauciumTA, oropharyngeal isthmus

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