pad, Passavant's

pad, Passavant's (pas´əvänts),

n.pr (Passavant's bar, Passavant's ridge), the bulging “transverse roll” of the posterior pharyngeal wall produced by the superior portion of the superior pharyngeal constrictor muscle during the act of swallowing or during vocal effort; an objectionable term. See also pharynx, activities of posterior and lateral pharyngeal wall.