pa·​ten·​cy ˈpa-tᵊn(t)-sē How to pronounce patency (audio) ˈpā- How to pronounce patency (audio)
: the quality or state of being patent

Examples of patency in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yajaira Sierra-Sastre, crew scientist, administers a nasal patency test to me earlier this year during our two-week practice mission at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah. Kate Greene, Discover Magazine, 3 May 2013 These last two tests are looking at the openness of the nose, also known as nasal patency. Kate Greene, Discover Magazine, 3 May 2013

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Word History

First Known Use

1656, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of patency was in 1656

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Cite this Entry

“Patency.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


pa·​ten·​cy ˈpat-ᵊn-sē How to pronounce patency (audio) ˈpāt- How to pronounce patency (audio)
plural patencies
: the quality or state of being open or unobstructed
evaluating arterial patency
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