fenestration

[fen-uh-strey-shuh n]

noun

the design and disposition of windows and other exterior openings of a building.
Furniture. an ornamental motif having the form of a blind arcade or arch, as in medieval cabinetwork.
Medicine/Medical, Surgery.
  1. a perforation in a structure.
  2. an operation to effect such an opening.
  3. Also called fenestration operation, Lempert operation.the creation of an artificial opening into the labyrinth of the ear to restore hearing loss from otosclerosis.

Nearby words

  1. fenestra of cochlea,
  2. fenestra of vestibule,
  3. fenestrated,
  4. fenestrated capillary,
  5. fenestrated membrane,
  6. fenfluramine,
  7. feng shui,
  8. feng yu-hsiang,
  9. fengjie,
  10. fengtien

Origin of fenestration

1840–50; < Latin fenestrāt(us) (see fenestrated) + -ion

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British Dictionary definitions for fenestration

fenestration

noun

the arrangement and design of windows in a building
a surgical operation to restore hearing by making an artificial opening into the labyrinth of the ear
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Word Origin and History for fenestration

fenestration

n.

1870 in the anatomical sense, noun of action from Latin fenestrare, from fenestra "window, opening for light," perhaps from Etruscan. Meaning "arrangement of windows" is from 1846. Related: Fenestrated.

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Medicine definitions for fenestration

fenestration

[fĕn′ĭ-strāshən]

n.

An opening in the surface of a structure, as in a membrane.
The surgical creation of such an opening.
The surgical creation of an artificial opening in the bony part of the inner ear to improve or restore hearing.

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