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cloaca

noun clo·a·ca \klō-ˈā-kə\
plural clo·a·cae\-ˌkē, -ˌsē\

Definition of CLOACA

1
:  3sewer
2
[New Latin, from Latin] :  the common chamber into which the intestinal and urogenital tracts discharge especially in monotreme mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and elasmobranch fishes; also :  a comparable chamber of an invertebrate
3
:  cesspool 2
clo·a·cal \-ˈā-kəl\ adjective

Origin of CLOACA

Latin; akin to Greek klyzein to wash — more at clyster
First Known Use: 1599

cloaca

noun clo·aca \klō-ˈā-kə\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural clo·acae \-ˌkē, -ˌsē\

Medical Definition of CLOACA

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a :  the common chamber into which the intestinal, urinary, and generative canals discharge especially in monotreme mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and elasmobranch fishes b :  the terminal part of the embryonic hindgut of a mammal before it divides into rectum, bladder, and genital precursors
2
:  a passage in a bone leading to a cavity containing a sequestrum
clo·acal \-ˈā-kəl\ adjective

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