One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An opening, particularly one in the body such as a nostril or the anus.
opening, hole, aperture, crack, slot, slit, cleft, cranny, chink, gap, space, vent, breach, break, rent, fissure, mouth, crevice, rift, perforation, poreView synonyms
- ‘The anal canal ends at the anus, which is the external orifice, or opening, of the digestive tract.’
- ‘In addition, no diverticular orifices were identified.’
- ‘Hair is found on all parts of the skin except the palm and sole, and the oral, anal, and urogenital orifices.’
- ‘Teeth are exempted from the requirement, as are incisions in or around natural body orifices.’
- ‘The ureters, their resection margins, and internal orifices were free from tumor.’
- ‘Other landmarks used to guide resection are the right and left ureteral orifices and the bladder neck.’
- ‘The exophytic mass bulged from the roof of the left atrium between the atrial septum and the orifices of the pulmonary veins.’
- ‘On the left there was an obstructing lesion noted at the orifice of the left upper lobe bronchus.’
- ‘Anatomists have applied the term cardia to that part of the stomach that lies around the orifice of the tubular esophagus.’
- ‘The major orifice opposite the aulacophore is the anus, with the mouth somewhere near the ambulacrum.’
- ‘This helps the surgeon identify the ureteral orifices during bladder dissection and urethral bladder reanastomosis.’
- ‘Epithelia are tissues lining the outer surface of the body, or the inner surface of organs which have a direct connection to one of the body's orifices.’
- ‘Laparoscopy enables hernial orifices to be observed and tension-free mesh repair to be carried out effectively.’
- ‘Jordan's hands clasped over the inhaler and pressed the orifice of it and faced it to her mouth.’
- ‘We even applied sunscreen to the nostrils, an orifice often overlooked by the uninitiated.’
- ‘It had large, opaque eyes, no nose, and a lipless slit for a mouth with two small orifices on each side.’
- ‘Under the reconstruction favoured here, the right orifice is the mouth and the left the anus, implying a U-shaped gut.’
- ‘During excretion, the urethral orifice below the bladder is opened and the urine passes through the urethra.’
- ‘The ureteral orifices are located at the proximal borders of the trigone area.’
- ‘The level of the orifices of the coronary arteries in the sinuses of Valaslva varies in both the vertical and horizontal directions.’
Late Middle English: from French, from late Latin orificium, from os, or- ‘mouth’ + facere ‘make’.
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