[ an-truh m ]
/ ˈæn trəm /

noun, plural an·tra [an-truh] /ˈæn trə/. Anatomy.

a cavity in a body organ, especially a bone.

Nearby words

  1. antroscope,
  2. antroscopy,
  3. antrostomy,
  4. antrotomy,
  5. antrotympanic,
  6. antrum of highmore,
  7. ants in one's pants, have,
  8. antseranana,
  9. antshrike,
  10. antsiranana

Origin of antrum

1720–30; < Latin < Greek ántron cave

Related formsan·tral, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for antrum


/ (ˈæntrəm) /

noun plural -tra (-trə)

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 antrum



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

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Medicine definitions for antrum


[ ăntrəm ]

n. pl. an•tra (-trə)

A nearly closed cavity or chamber, especially in a bone.
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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