sinus

noun
si·​nus | \ ˈsī-nəs How to pronounce sinus (audio) \

Definition of sinus

: cavity, hollow: such as
a : a narrow elongated tract extending from a focus of suppuration and serving for the discharge of pus
b(1) : a cavity in the substance of a bone of the skull that usually communicates with the nostrils and contains air
(2) : a channel for venous blood
(3) : a dilatation in a bodily canal or vessel
c : a cleft or indentation between adjoining lobes (as of a leaf or corolla)

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Two years ago she was diagnosed with sick sinus syndrome, which means her heart stops for 30 seconds at a time. Alyssa Jung, Woman's Day, "Meet the Women of the 2019 Live Longer & Stronger Challenge," 5 Sep. 2019 Darrell Darner, 73, was in the audience, wearing bandages that covered his face following a second reconstructive surgery on his nose and sinuses to treat advanced skin cancer. Anchorage Daily News, "How Veterans Affairs failed to stop a pathologist who misdiagnosed 3,000 cases," 30 Aug. 2019 Pungent, found in peppers, garlic, onions, mustard, and ginger, helps clear sinuses and promotes sweating. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health.com, "What Is the Ayurvedic Diet—and Can It Help You Lose Weight?," 12 Aug. 2019 Survival rates doubled with certain advanced cancers, such as those of the salivary gland, paranasal sinus, and bone sarcoma, compared with conventional radiation therapy. Michele Cohen Marill, WIRED, "Why a Promising, Potent Cancer Therapy Isn't Used in the US," 21 Aug. 2019 But people with weakened immune systems are at a higher risk of developing infections in the lungs or sinuses from the mold. CBS News, "Seattle Children's Hospital mold infections leave one dead, force closure of most operating rooms," 3 July 2019 This tends to happen when people are in splashy water parks, jet-skiing, or irrigating their sinuses with tap water that hasn’t been disinfected, boiled, or filtered. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Brain-eating amoeba kills again—here’s how it kills and how to avoid it," 26 July 2019 My sinuses are extremely irritated during certain times of the year and the salt room with its relaxing environment is especially beneficial to me. Deborah Storey | For Al.com, al, "Huntsville salt therapy spa part of nationwide trend," 25 July 2019 My sinuses, on the other hand, weren't feeling much better. Sarah Watts, NBC News, "Does salt therapy actually work? I tried it to help ease my summer allergies," 23 July 2019

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First Known Use of sinus

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sinus

Middle English, from Medieval Latin, from Latin, curve, fold, hollow

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sinus

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sinus

: any of several spaces in the skull that connect with the nostrils

sinus

noun
si·​nus | \ ˈsī-nəs How to pronounce sinus (audio) \

Kids Definition of sinus

: any of several spaces in the skull mostly connected with the nostrils

sinus

noun
si·​nus | \ ˈsī-nəs How to pronounce sinus (audio) \

Medical Definition of sinus

: a cavity or hollow in the body: as
a : a narrow elongated tract extending from a focus of suppuration and serving for the discharge of pus a tuberculous sinus
b(1) : a cavity in the substance of a bone of the skull that usually communicates with the nostrils and contains air
(2) : a channel for venous blood
(3) : a dilatation in a bodily canal or vessel

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