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We use nasal as an adjective for something related to nose. What is the word to refer to something related to throat?

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Are you looking for 'laryngeal'? – Mitch Dec 26 '12 at 22:11
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Throaty and gular both mean "of the throat" with different nuances and different senses coming most immediately to mind.

Glottal, guttural, laryngeal, and tracheal are all related to parts of the throat, and hence more appropriate in some cases, while inaccurate in others.

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Pharyngeal as well. – choster Dec 26 '12 at 22:27
Yes, there are a lot more linguistic things one can do in the throat than in the nose. – John Lawler Dec 26 '12 at 22:36
Though that's really because there's more biological bits to a throat than a nose. Of the above, tracheal refers to the trachea, glottal to the glottis (the vocal chords and the space between them) and so on. – Jon Hanna Dec 26 '12 at 23:43
Yes. There's more bits that can get wiggled in speech. The nose can be turned on or off (occasionally there are three or more degrees of freedom, as in Acehnese, but mostly it's binary), and that's all. But there are dozens of possibilities with glottalization, pharyngealization, creaky voice, breathy voice, voicing itself, etc. -- all using the throat as an instrument, rather than just one stop of many. – John Lawler Dec 27 '12 at 3:58

The Latin for throat is gula, and its adjective is gular. Reference

However it's more usual in humans to narrow down the area of the throat in question: epiglottal, laryngeal, tracheal, and so on. Wikipedia on the throat

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Throat would sometimes be the correct answer here. Although probably best not considered an adjective, the noun-modifier usage can parallel the adjectival nasal: He had a nasal / throat infection. – Edwin Ashworth Dec 26 '12 at 23:25
@EdwinAshworth I'd say that counts as an answer. And a very relevant and appropriate one at that. I would prefer throat infection to anything-itis, just as most doctors today. – Kris Dec 27 '12 at 6:26

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