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jugular Syllabification: jug·u·lar
Pronunciation: /ˈjəɡyələr/

Definition of jugular in English:


1Of the neck or throat.
Example sentences
  • Similar tumors may arise from neighboring areas, including the jugular bulb, the middle ear, and the mastoid portion of the temporal bone.
  • Right jugular venous distension was less than 4 cm above the sternal angle.
  • Her neck was supple without lymphadenopathy, bruits, or jugular venous distension.
2 Zoology (Of fish’s pelvic fins) located in front of the pectoral fins.


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short for jugular vein.
Example sentences
  • In the jugulars, this systolic fall in venous pressure has been called by physiologists the systolic collapse of the venous pulse.
  • Also, the blood, lacking fluid, becomes thick, causing clots in the veins and jugulars.
  • They were desolate and fingered their jugulars nervously.


go for the jugular
Be aggressive or unrestrained in making an attack.
Example sentences
  • The home team went for the jugular, playing their best football of the season by pushing forward the midfield at every opportunity.
  • England went for the jugular from the off and had a penalty claim turned down after only four minutes.
  • Kendal went for the jugular and had their hosts at three wickets down for four runs.


Late 16th century: from late Latin jugularis, from Latin jugulum 'collarbone, throat', diminutive of jugum 'yoke'.

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