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meatus

[ mee-ey-tuhs ]

noun

, Anatomy.
, plural me·a·tus·es, me·a·tus.
  1. an opening or foramen, especially in a bone or bony structure, as the opening of the ear or nose.


meatus

/ mɪˈeɪtəs /

noun

  1. anatomy a natural opening or channel, such as the canal leading from the outer ear to the eardrum


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Other Words From

  • me·atal adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of meatus1

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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Word History and Origins

Origin of meatus1

C17: from Latin: passage, from meāre to pass
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Example Sentences

He refused to accept Huschke's derivation of the auditory meatus from the first gill-slit.

This is repeated with fresh pledgets until the meatus is cleansed.

They are comparatively rare in women, in consequence of the shortness of the urethra and the size of their meatus.

The great cavity is the bulla tympani or bulb of the ear; a m is the auditory meatus or external hole of the ear.

The external auditory meatus (ear) is a small inconspicuous opening located just below and behind the eye.

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