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throat

Your throat is the part of your body you use to swallow and to breathe. When you're hot and thirsty, your throat may feel dry and parched.

Sometimes, the word throat is used interchangeably with neck, so you might describe your mom's pretty necklace as encircling her throat. It also appears in literary contexts meaning "voice," as in "From the throats of the choirboys came a lovely song." Anatomically, your throat is inside your neck, providing the tube or passage from the back of your mouth to your stomach and lungs.

Definitions of throat
  1. noun
    the passage to the stomach and lungs; in the front part of the neck below the chin and above the collarbone
    synonyms: pharynx
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    type of:
    tubular cavity
    a cavity having the shape of a tube
  2. noun
    the part of an animal's body that corresponds to a person's throat
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    type of:
    external body part
    any body part visible externally
  3. noun
    a passage resembling a throat in shape or function
    “the throat of the vase”
    “the throat of a chimney”
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    type of:
    passage
    a way through or along which someone or something may pass
  4. noun
    an opening in the vamp of a shoe at the instep
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    type of:
    opening
    a vacant or unobstructed space that is man-made
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