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)
: a natural body passage

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Results showed that women considered the position and shape of the meatus as the least important penile aspect. Seriously Science, Discover Magazine, 23 June 2017 The superglue was removed successfully, in the form of a cast, with warm three per cent hydrogen peroxide without damaging the meatus or the typanic membrane. Seriously Science, Discover Magazine, 15 Aug. 2014 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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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of meatus was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Meatus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

Medical Definition


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)
: a natural body passage : canal, duct
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