or·​i·​fice | \ ˈȯr-ə-fəs How to pronounce orifice (audio) , ˈär- \

Definition of orifice

: an opening (such as a vent, mouth, or hole) through which something may pass an anatomical orifice the nozzle orifice the cone built up from the cinders around the eruption orifice— R. H. Mohlenbrock

Other Words from orifice

orificial \ ˌȯr-​ə-​ˈfi-​shəl How to pronounce orifice (audio) , ˌär-​ \ adjective

Examples of orifice in a Sentence

the mouth is a bodily orifice
Recent Examples on the Web Bad idea: Inviting schoolchildren to visit your orifice. Washington Post, 21 Oct. 2021 So, whatever got in every single orifice of my body was organic. Derek Lawrence, EW.com, 30 Nov. 2021 In another version of the story, Athena just walked out of Zeus’ head through some orifice or other. Rebecca Coffey, Forbes, 8 Nov. 2021 While surface transmission of covid is rare, Nelson noted that a child who touches their germy mask and then touches an orifice in their face could increase their risk of getting sick. Washington Post, 24 Aug. 2021 As yet unfamiliar with the facts of birth, the idea that something so substantial could pop out of a clearly diminutive orifice seemed preposterous. Washington Post, 20 Aug. 2021 Both sexes have cloacas, the anal orifice, an all-purpose vent. Jim Williams, Star Tribune, 27 July 2021 What if our bodies — and those of other mammals like pigs and rodents — were capable of breathing through a different, but also familiar orifice? Mike Wehner, BGR, 15 May 2021 The report also found that when inmates reported abuse, the response could be retaliatory, with inmates being subjected to body orifice scanners and then being placed into solitary confinement. Mike Catalini, Star Tribune, 8 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of orifice

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for orifice

Middle English, from Middle French & Late Latin; Middle French, from Late Latin orificium, from Latin or-, os mouth + facere to make, do — more at oral, do

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“Orifice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orifice. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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or·​i·​fice | \ ˈȯr-ə-fəs, ˈär- How to pronounce orifice (audio) \

Medical Definition of orifice

: an opening through which something may pass

Other Words from orifice

orificial \ ˌȯr-​ə-​ˈfish-​əl, ˌär-​ How to pronounce orifice (audio) \ adjective

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