[ mee-ey-tuh s ]
/ miˈeɪ təs /
noun, plural me·a·tus·es, me·a·tus. Anatomy.
an opening or foramen, especially in a bone or bony structure, as the opening of the ear or nose.
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Origin of meatus
1655–65; < Latin meātus course, channel, equivalent to meā(re) to go, extend, have a course + -tus suffix of v. action
Related formsme·a·tal, adjective
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Examples from the Web for meatal
Under good illumination, the largest possible speculum is inserted into the meatal orifice.
British Dictionary definitions for meatal
/ (mɪˈeɪtəs) /
noun plural -tuses or -tus
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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Medicine definitions for meatal (1 of 2)
[ mē-āt′l ]
Relating to a meatus.
Medicine definitions for meatal (2 of 2)
[ mē-ā′təs ]
n. pl. me•a•tus•es
A body opening or passage, especially the external opening of a canal.
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