- an opening or foramen, especially in a bone or bony structure, as the opening of the ear or nose.
Origin of meatus
1655–65; < Latin meātus course, channel, equivalent to meā(re) to go, extend, have a course + -tus suffix of v. action
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Historical Examples of meatal
Under good illumination, the largest possible speculum is inserted into the meatal orifice.
- anatomy a natural opening or channel, such as the canal leading from the outer ear to the eardrum
Word Origin for meatus
C17: from Latin: passage, from meāre to pass
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- Relating to a meatus.
- A body opening or passage, especially the external opening of a canal.
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