body cavity


Definition of body cavity

: a cavity in an animal body specifically : coelom

Examples of body cavity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Before a second officer could perform what the suit described as a body cavity search, Howard fled. Tim Stelloh, NBC News, 13 July 2021 When an officer allegedly put on rubber gloves for a body cavity search, Howard ran from the scene, but was apprehended within a block, the suit says. Greg Hanlon,, 12 July 2021 On deck: Pop-up tents brought out after innings so umps can conduct full body cavity searches on pitchers. Nick Canepa Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 June 2021 Rocah, who took office in January, raised concerns earlier this year with Mount Vernon’s commissioner of public safety about a pattern of unjustified strip searches and body cavity searches. NBC News, 1 May 2021 The tenderloins were then removed from the inside of the body cavity, then the first cuts were made into the hind quarters. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 14 Nov. 2020 During her time in detention, the woman says she was demeaned by officers and subjected to a full-body cavity search by a male guard against her will. Tami Makinde, Vogue, 27 Oct. 2020 More than a dozen Black and Latino men accused a New York Police Department officer of conducting or directing humiliating invasive strip or body cavity searches, according to a September ProPublica report. Dianna M. Náñez, The Arizona Republic, 3 Apr. 2017 For big game, begin by extracting the inner loins located on the inside of the body cavity. The Editors, Outdoor Life, 3 June 2020

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First Known Use of body cavity

1854, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of body cavity was in 1854

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“Body cavity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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Medical Definition of body cavity

: a cavity within an animal body specifically : coelom

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