meatus

noun
me·​a·​tus | \ mē-ˈā-təs How to pronounce meatus (audio) \
plural meatuses\ mē-​ˈā-​tə-​səz How to pronounce meatus (audio) \ or meatus\ mē-​ˈā-​təs How to pronounce meatus (audio) , -​ˌtüs \

Definition of meatus

: a natural body passage

Examples of meatus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There must be a compelling reason to want to wedge another person’s waxy nub into your external auditory meatus. Lauren Goode, Wired, 13 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of meatus

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for meatus

Late Latin, from Latin, going, passage, from meare to go — more at permeate

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“Meatus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/meatus. Accessed 22 Jan. 2022.

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meatus

noun
me·​atus | \ mē-ˈāt-əs How to pronounce meatus (audio) \
plural meatuses\ -​ə-​səz How to pronounce meatus (audio) \ or meatus\ -​ˈāt-​əs, -​ˈā-​ˌtüs How to pronounce meatus (audio) \

Medical Definition of meatus

: a natural body passage : canal, duct

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