ostium

[ os-tee-uh m ]
/ ˈɒs ti əm /

noun, plural os·ti·a [os-tee-uh] /ˈɒs ti ə/.

Anatomy, Zoology. a small opening or orifice, as at the end of the oviduct.
Zoology. one of the tiny holes in the body of a sponge.

Origin of ostium

First recorded in 1655–65, ostium is from the Latin word ōstium entrance, river mouth
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British Dictionary definitions for ostium

ostium
/ (ˈɒstɪəm) /

noun plural -tia (-tɪə) biology

any of the pores in sponges through which water enters the body
any of the openings in the heart of an arthropod through which blood enters
any similar opening

Word Origin for ostium

C17: from Latin: door, entrance
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Medicine definitions for ostium

ostium
[ ŏstē-əm ]

n. pl. os•ti•a (-tē-ə)

A small opening or orifice, as in a body organ.

Other words from ostium

osti•al adj.
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