Definition of sphincter
: an annular muscle surrounding and able to contract or close a bodily opening
sphinctericplay \sfiŋ(k)-ˈter-ik\ adjective
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Bookgasm picks the two worst Stephen King film adaptations… a truly Herculean task, given the crap that’s been spurted from Hollywood’s sphincter over the years with the author’s name on it.
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Origin and Etymology of sphincter
Late Latin, from Greek sphinktēr, literally, band, from sphingein to bind tight
First Known Use: 1578See Words from the same year
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Definition of sphincter for English Language Learners
medical : a ring-shaped muscle that surrounds a body opening and that can tighten to close the opening
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