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The mouth and throat

Adam’s apple

noun

the lump at the front of a man’s throat that sticks out slightly and moves when he swallows

agape

adjective

a mouth that is agape is wide open, usually in surprise

corner

noun

the end of your mouth or eye

dribble

noun

liquid that has come out of your mouth

dry

adjective

if your mouth is dry, it contains very little saliva, for example because you are nervous

epiglottis

noun

the small piece of flesh at the back of your tongue that closes your windpipe when you swallow food

froth

noun

a mass of small white bubbles of saliva coming from a person’s or animal’s mouth, especially because they are ill

furry

adjective

a furry tongue feels rough and is covered with a white or yellow substance

gargle

noun

the process or sound of gargling

gingivitis

noun

a medical condition that makes your gums painful

glottis

noun

the part of your throat where your larynx joins your pharynx, between your vocal cords

gob

noun

someone’s mouth

gob

noun

saliva that someone spits out of their mouth

gulp

noun

the noise or action you make when you swallow quickly

gum

noun

the firm pink flesh in your mouth that your teeth are fixed into

gumboil

noun

an abscess in your mouth

jaw

noun

the part of your mouth where your teeth grow

kisser

noun

your mouth

labial

adjective

relating to your lips

larynx

noun

the organ in your throat that contains your vocal cords, which produce sounds

lip

noun

one of the two edges that form the top and bottom parts of your mouth

maw

noun

a mouth

mouth

noun

the part of your face below your nose that you use to eat and speak. The corners of your mouth are the two outside ends of it, and the inside top part of your mouth is called the roof

mouth

noun

if your mouth waters, it produces saliva (=liquid) because you are about to eat something that you like

oral

adjective

connected with the mouth

palate

noun

the inside upper part of your mouth. The front, harder part is your hard palate, and the back, softer part is your soft palate.

pharynx

noun

the part of your throat that leads from your mouth to your oesophagus

puss

noun

your face, or your mouth

roof

noun

the hard top part of the inside of your mouth

saliva

noun

the liquid produced by glands in your mouth

salivary gland

noun

any of the organs that produce the saliva in your mouth

spit

noun

the clear liquid in your mouth

spittle

noun

saliva

suck

noun

an act of sucking

swallow

noun

a movement in your throat that makes food or drink go down into your stomach

taste buds

noun

the areas of your tongue that recognize the flavours of food and drinks

throat

noun

the area at the back of your mouth and inside your neck

tongue

noun

the long soft piece of flesh fixed to the bottom of your mouth that you use for tasting, speaking etc

tonsil

noun

one of the two small pieces of flesh on each side of your throat at the back of your mouth

trachea

noun

the tube at the back of your throat that air travels down. A less technical word is windpipe.

uvula

noun

the piece of flesh that hangs down at the back of your mouth

voice box

noun

the part of your throat from which you produce sounds

yawn

noun

an act of opening your mouth wide and taking a big breath, usually because you are tired or bored

orally

adverb

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