Meaning of jugular in English:


Pronunciation /ˈdʒʌɡjʊlə/

Translate jugular into Spanish


  • 1Of the neck or throat.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘The jugular foramen may be divided into two parts by intrajugular processes.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, the carotid pulsations in the neck can easily be confused with jugular pulsations.’
    • ‘On examination she was apyrexial, had splinter haemorrhages on two fingernails, and had a raised jugular venous pressure.’
    • ‘It involved the internal jugular, subclavian, and axillary veins.’
    • ‘The most frequent sites of cannulation are the internal jugular and subclavian veins.’
    • ‘Physical examination included measurement of jugular venous pressure and palpation of the apex beat in supine and lateral position.’
    • ‘The jugular venous distension was 7 cm, without hepatojugular reflux.’
    • ‘A patient with advanced right heart failure will have jugular venous distension, edema and ascites.’
    • ‘There was no jugular venous distension, murmur, rub, gallop, thrill, or heave.’
    • ‘The reproducibility of the jugular venous distension assessment is low.’
    • ‘Examination showed jugular venous distension and bilateral pretibial pitting edema.’
    • ‘Her jugular venous pressure was raised, she had a pansystolic murmur, and no added heart sounds.’
    • ‘He had a raised jugular venous pressure and heard crackles at the base of both lungs.’
    • ‘The classic signs of raised jugular venous pressure and fine basal crepitations become evident at the later stages of heart failure when there is severe dysfunction.’
    • ‘Venous hums may be heard in patients with hypertension or abnormally high placement of the jugular bulb.’
    • ‘They probably also had elevated jugular venous pressure from impeding of venous return, which would cause an elevated intracranial pressure.’
    • ‘He knew it was going to flow very steadily, since he had struck the jugular artery.’
  • 2Zoology
    (of fish's pelvic fins) located in front of the pectoral fins.


short for jugular vein
‘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.’
  • ‘The dogs barked and strained at the end of their chains, wide brown collars cutting into jugulars, eyes, savage and bloodshot, bulging like gobstoppers.’
  • ‘In two of the carcasses I was able to see puncture marks that pierced the animals' jugulars.’
  • ‘Blood poured from the jugular into the windpipe, preventing an alarming scream.’
  • ‘Eventually, of course, the cheetah wins, sinking its teeth into the jugular of the prey and ending its life.’
  • ‘Logan glanced at the body and sure enough the throat was slit at the jugular with a trail of blood staining the wood floors, along with a missing ring finger.’
  • ‘She lowered the knife from my throat, where it pressed uncomfortably close to the jugular.’
  • ‘When he realized his mouth was moving over the pulsing jugular of her slender throat, he pulled away reluctantly.’
  • ‘Even from where I was standing I could see the jugular in her neck protruding, like a snake rising from somewhere inside her chest.’
  • ‘He grabbed the first guard by his arm and twisted it behind his back and at the same time landed a full punch at his neck just below the jugular.’
  • ‘Theorton hissed before tearing at his attacker's throat and destroying his jugular.’
  • ‘Actually, I aim for the brain stem, the jugular tends to get in the way.’
  • ‘Within four hours of arriving, he had cut his throat from ear to ear, including his jugular, and slit both wrists.’
  • ‘My heart was somewhere in my throat; I could feel it pounding in my jugular.’
  • ‘Her throat had been slit at the jugular, a trail of blood over the floor from the opening spurt of blood.’
  • ‘The point travelled to her throat, and pressed lightly into the flesh at her jugular.’


    go for the jugular
    • Be aggressive or unrestrained in making an attack.

      ‘not renowned for giving a new show time to find its feet, critics went for the jugular’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘We should have gone for the jugular and I also felt that we time-wasted too much in the drawn game,’ says Kearns.’
      • ‘I get good and bad reviews and I accept that, but this is really going for the jugular.’
      • ‘I feel like going for the jugular and finishing this off.’
      • ‘Clearly, he had nothing in mind except going for the jugular.’
      • ‘She can be very understated and delicate, plus she is capable of going for the jugular.’
      • ‘The third quarter was played in cup-like fashion with both sides going for the jugular.’
      • ‘And he will be as friendly and hospitable as he can be but, if he smells a dollar, my personal experience is he'll go for the jugular.’


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