[an-truh m]

Origin of antrum

1720–30; < Latin < Greek ántron cave
Related formsan·tral, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for antra

recess, opening, hollow, pocket, channel, depression, antrum

British Dictionary definitions for antra


noun plural -tra (-trə)
  1. anatomy a natural cavity, hollow, or sinus, esp in a bone
Derived Formsantral, adjective

Word Origin for antrum

C14: from Latin: cave, from Greek antron
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Word Origin and History for antra



"a cave or cavity," late 14c., medical Latin, from Greek antron "cave."

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antra in Medicine


n. pl. an•tra (-trə)
  1. A nearly closed cavity or chamber, especially in a bone.
  2. The pyloric end of the stomach, partially shut off during digestion from the cardiac end by sphincter muscles in the stomach wall.
Related formsantral (-trəl) adj.
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