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Ostia

[os-tee-uh; Italian aw-styah]
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noun
  1. a town in central Italy, SW of Rome: ruins from 4th century b.c.; site of ancient port of Rome.
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ostium

[os-tee-uh m]
noun, plural os·ti·a [os-tee-uh] /ˈɒs ti ə/.
  1. Anatomy, Zoology. a small opening or orifice, as at the end of the oviduct.
  2. Zoology. one of the tiny holes in the body of a sponge.
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Origin of ostium

First recorded in 1655–65, ostium is from the Latin word ōstium entrance, river mouth
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  • Whereupon Paulus with his Isaurians came from Ostia and took possession of it and held it.

    Procopius

    Procopius

  • One man climbed into a tree and looked off in the direction of Ostia.

    Nero

    Jacob Abbott

  • He landed at Ostia, a small port near the mouth of it—the port, in fact, of Rome.

    Richard I

    Jacob Abbott

  • But the death of Monica at Ostia in Italy changed his plans.

  • The answer was, that Copley had gone down the river to Ostia with another boy.

    Rollo in Rome

    Jacob Abbott


British Dictionary definitions for ostia

Ostia

noun
  1. an ancient town in W central Italy, originally at the mouth of the Tiber but now about 6 km (4 miles) inland: served as the port of ancient Rome; harbours built by Claudius and Trajan; ruins excavated since 1854
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ostium

noun plural -tia (-tɪə) biology
  1. any of the pores in sponges through which water enters the body
  2. any of the openings in the heart of an arthropod through which blood enters
  3. any similar opening
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Word Origin

C17: from Latin: door, entrance
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ostia in Medicine

ostium

(ŏstē-əm)
n. pl. os•ti•a (-tē-ə)
  1. A small opening or orifice, as in a body organ.
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Related formsosti•al adj.
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