cloaca

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noun clo·a·ca \klō-ˈā-kə\

Definition of cloaca

plural

cloacae

play \-ˌkē, -ˌsē\
  1. 1 :  3sewer

  2. 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. 3 :  cesspool 2

cloacal

play \-ˈā-kəl\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of cloaca

Latin; akin to Greek klyzein to wash — more at clyster


First Known Use: 1599


Medical Dictionary

cloaca

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noun clo·aca \klō-ˈā-kə\

Medical Definition of cloaca

plural

cloacae

\-ˌkē, -ˌsē\play
  1. 1a:  the common chamber into which the intestinal, urinary, and generative canals discharge especially in monotreme mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and elasmobranch fishesb:  the terminal part of the embryonic hindgut of a mammal before it divides into rectum, bladder, and genital precursors

  2. 2:  a passage in a bone leading to a cavity containing a sequestrum

cloacal

\-ˈā-kəl\play adjective

Learn More about cloaca

  1. Spanish Central: Translation of cloaca Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about cloaca


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