EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun an opening or aperture, as of a tube or pipe; a mouthlike opening or hole; mouth; vent. Origin of orifice 1535–45;
Late Latin ōrificium,
) mouth +
combining form of
Related forms or·i·fi·cial , [awr- uh- fish- uh l, or-] /ˌɔr əˈfɪʃ əl, ˌɒr-/ adjective
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Examples from the Web for orifices Historical Examples of orifices British Dictionary definitions for orifices noun mainly Technical an opening or mouth into a cavity; vent; aperture Word Origin for orifice
C16: via French from Late Latin
ōrificium, from Latin ōs mouth + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for orifices n.
early 15c., from Middle French
orifice "the opening of a wound" (14c.) and directly from Latin orificium "an opening," literally "mouth-making," from os (genitive oris) "mouth" (see oral) + facere "make" (see factitious). Related: Orificial.
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n. An opening, especially to a cavity or passage of the body; a mouth or vent. Related forms or′i•fi ( ′cial -fĭsh) ′əl adj.
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