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orifice

[awr-uh-fis, or-]
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noun
  1. an opening or aperture, as of a tube or pipe; a mouthlike opening or hole; mouth; vent.

Origin of orifice

1535–45; < Middle French < Late Latin ōrificium, equivalent to Latin ōr- (stem of ōs) mouth + -i- -i- + -fic-, combining form of facere to make, do1 (see -fic) + -ium noun suffix
Related formsor·i·fi·cial [awr-uh-fish-uh l, or-] /ˌɔr əˈfɪʃ əl, ˌɒr-/, adjective
Can be confusedoffice orifice
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Examples from the Web for orifices

Historical Examples

  • The sexes are united, and the orifices situated on the right side of the neck.

    The Ocean World:

    Louis Figuier

  • There is not a trace of murmur to be found in connection with the valves and orifices.

  • The animal is attached, the body coriaceous, and the orifices four-lobed.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide

    Augusta Foote Arnold

  • All are situated about the orifices of the follicles and glands of the skin.

  • Some of the orifices of this labyrinth of passages were left exposed by the low tides.


British Dictionary definitions for orifices

orifice

noun
  1. mainly Technical an opening or mouth into a cavity; vent; aperture

Word Origin

C16: via French from Late Latin ōrificium, from Latin ōs mouth + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for orifices

orifice

n.

early 15c., from Middle French orifice "the opening of a wound" (14c.) and directly from Latin orificium "an opening," literally "mouth-making," from os (genitive oris) "mouth" (see oral) + facere "make" (see factitious). Related: Orificial.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

orifices in Medicine

orifice

(ôrə-fĭs)
n.
  1. An opening, especially to a cavity or passage of the body; a mouth or vent.
Related formsor′i•ficial (-fĭshəl) adj.
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