pylorus

[ pahy-lawr-uh s, -lohr-, pi- ]
/ paɪˈlɔr əs, -ˈloʊr-, pɪ- /
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noun, plural py·lo·ri [pahy-lawr-ahy, -lohr-ahy, pi-] /paɪˈlɔr aɪ, -ˈloʊr aɪ, pɪ-/. Anatomy.

the opening between the stomach and the duodenum.

Nearby words

  1. pyloromyotomy,
  2. pyloroplasty,
  3. pylorospasm,
  4. pylorostomy,
  5. pylorotomy,
  6. pylos,
  7. pym,
  8. pym, john,
  9. pymt.,
  10. pynchon

Origin of pylorus

1605–15; < Late Latin < Greek pylōrós literally, gatekeeper

Related formspy·lor·ic [pahy-lawr-ik, -lor-, pi-] /paɪˈlɔr ɪk, -ˈlɒr-, pɪ-/, adjectivepost·py·lor·ic, adjectivepre·py·lor·ic, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for pylorus

pylorus

/ (paɪˈlɔːrəs) /

noun plural -ri (-raɪ)

the small circular opening at the base of the stomach through which partially digested food (chyme) passes to the duodenum
Derived Formspyloric, adjective

Word Origin for pylorus

C17: via Late Latin from Greek pulōrus gatekeeper, from pulē gate + ouros guardian

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Word Origin and History for pylorus

pylorus

n.

1610s, from Late Latin pylorus "the lower orifice of the stomach," from Greek pyloros, literally "gatekeeper, porter," from pyle "gate" (see pylon) + ouros "watcher, guardian" (see warrant (n.)). Related: Pyloric.

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Medicine definitions for pylorus

pylorus

[ pī-lôrəs ]

n. pl. py•lo•ri (-lôrī′)

The passage at the lower end of the stomach that opens into the duodenum.
A muscular or myovascular structure that opens or closes an orifice or lumen of an organ.

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Science definitions for pylorus

pylorus

[ pī-lôrəs, pĭ- ]

Plural pylori (pī-lôrī′, pĭ-)

The passage at the lower end of the stomach that opens into the small intestine.
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