Definition of jugular in US English:



  • 1Of the neck or throat.

    • ‘There was no jugular venous distension, murmur, rub, gallop, thrill, or heave.’
    • ‘A patient with advanced right heart failure will have jugular venous distension, edema and ascites.’
    • ‘He knew it was going to flow very steadily, since he had struck the jugular artery.’
    • ‘On examination she was apyrexial, had splinter haemorrhages on two fingernails, and had a raised jugular venous pressure.’
    • ‘Right jugular venous distension was less than 4 cm above the sternal angle.’
    • ‘He had a raised jugular venous pressure and heard crackles at the base of both lungs.’
    • ‘Her neck was supple without lymphadenopathy, bruits, or jugular venous distension.’
    • ‘The most frequent sites of cannulation are the internal jugular and subclavian veins.’
    • ‘The reproducibility of the jugular venous distension assessment is low.’
    • ‘Examination showed jugular venous distension and bilateral pretibial pitting edema.’
    • ‘Similar tumors may arise from neighboring areas, including the jugular bulb, the middle ear, and the mastoid portion of the temporal bone.’
    • ‘They probably also had elevated jugular venous pressure from impeding of venous return, which would cause an elevated intracranial pressure.’
    • ‘Her jugular venous pressure was raised, she had a pansystolic murmur, and no added heart sounds.’
    • ‘The jugular foramen may be divided into two parts by intrajugular processes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, the carotid pulsations in the neck can easily be confused with jugular pulsations.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It involved the internal jugular, subclavian, and axillary veins.’
    • ‘Venous hums may be heard in patients with hypertension or abnormally high placement of the jugular bulb.’
  • 2Zoology
    (of fish's pelvic fins) located in front of the pectoral fins.


  • short for jugular vein
    • ‘The man threw the little girl's still-shuddering body at her, and blood spurted over her clothes from the cut jugular.’
    • ‘She lowered the knife from my throat, where it pressed uncomfortably close to the jugular.’
    • ‘The dogs barked and strained at the end of their chains, wide brown collars cutting into jugulars, eyes, savage and bloodshot, bulging like gobstoppers.’
    • ‘My heart was somewhere in my throat; I could feel it pounding in my jugular.’
    • ‘In two of the carcasses I was able to see puncture marks that pierced the animals' jugulars.’
    • ‘When he realized his mouth was moving over the pulsing jugular of her slender throat, he pulled away reluctantly.’
    • ‘The point travelled to her throat, and pressed lightly into the flesh at her jugular.’
    • ‘In the jugulars, this systolic fall in venous pressure has been called by physiologists the systolic collapse of the venous pulse.’
    • ‘Actually, I aim for the brain stem, the jugular tends to get in the way.’
    • ‘They were desolate and fingered their jugulars nervously.’
    • ‘Within four hours of arriving, he had cut his throat from ear to ear, including his jugular, and slit both wrists.’
    • ‘Eventually, of course, the cheetah wins, sinking its teeth into the jugular of the prey and ending its life.’
    • ‘Even from where I was standing I could see the jugular in her neck protruding, like a snake rising from somewhere inside her chest.’
    • ‘Also, the blood, lacking fluid, becomes thick, causing clots in the veins and jugulars.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Her throat had been slit at the jugular, a trail of blood over the floor from the opening spurt of blood.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Blood poured from the jugular into the windpipe, preventing an alarming scream.’
    • ‘Cutting his jugular would empty the blood entirely from his body, leaving him a bloodless shriveled corpse.’
    • ‘Theorton hissed before tearing at his attacker's throat and destroying his jugular.’


  • go for the jugular

    • Be aggressive or unrestrained in making an attack.

      • ‘I feel like going for the jugular and finishing this off.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Clearly, he had nothing in mind except going for the jugular.’
      • ‘England went for the jugular from the off and had a penalty claim turned down after only four minutes.’
      • ‘The third quarter was played in cup-like fashion with both sides going for the jugular.’
      • ‘I get good and bad reviews and I accept that, but this is really 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.’
      • ‘She can be very understated and delicate, plus she is capable of going 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.’


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