from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various funnel-shaped bodily passages, openings, structures, or parts, especially:
- n. The stalk of the pituitary gland.
- n. The calyx of a kidney.
- n. The ovarian opening of a fallopian tube.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A funnel-shaped cavity or organ.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A funnel-shaped or dilated organ or part
- n. A central cavity in the Ctenophora, into which the gastric sac leads.
- n. The siphon of Cephalopoda. See Cephalopoda.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In anatomy, a funnel-shaped organ or part.
- n. In zöol.:
- n. The funnel or siphon of a cephalopod, formed by the coalescence or apposition of the epipodia: supposed by Huxley to be formed by the union and folding into a tubular form of processes which correspond to the epipodia of pteropods and branchiogastropods. See cut under Dibranchiata.
- n. One of the gastric cavities of the Ctenophora, into which the gastric sac leads; a chamber connecting the gastric cavity with the entire system of canals of the body, and also leading to the aboral pores. It corresponds to the common axial cavity of actinozoans. See cut under Ctenophora.
- n. The dilated upper extremity of the oviduct of a bird, which receives the ovum from the ovarium, corresponding to the fimbriated extremity of the Fallopian tube of a mammal.
- n. [capitalized] A genus of mollusks.
- n. The two or three main divisions of the pelvis of the kidney. formed by the confluence of the calyces.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of various funnel-shaped parts of the body (but especially the hypophyseal stalk)
Latin, funnel, from īnfundere, to pour in; see infuse.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin infundibulum ("funnel"), from īnfundō ("pour in or upon"). (Wiktionary)