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Anatomy of the Nose, Pharynx, Tonsils and Face

Brett December 12, 2019

Anatomy of the Nose, Pharynx, Tonsil, and Face


Palatine tonsil (TON):

Tonsil related to the lateral attachment of the soft palate

Tonsillar fossa:

Depression containing the palatine tonsil

Semilunar fold:

Mucosal fold from the ventrolateral aspect of the soft palate, forming the medial wall of the tonsillar fossa

Pharynx (PHA):

Throat caudal to the oral cavity and divided into nasopharynx and oropharynx


The fauces are defined as the lateral walls of the oropharynx that are located medial to the palatoglossal folds. The areas lateral to the palatoglossal fold, commonly involved in feline stomatitis, are not the fauces.
References: Anonymous. Nomina anatomica veterinaria. 4th ed. Zurich and Ithaca: World Association of Veterinary Anatomists, 1994. Evans HE. Miller’s anatomy of the dog. 3rd ed. Philadelphia: WB Saunders Co, 1993.

Nose/nasal (N):

Referring to the part of the face or facial region that contains the nostrils and nasal cavity

Equine specific nasal and sinus terminology