from The Century Dictionary.

  • In anatomy, a hollow; the cavity of any organ: chiefly used, with reference to the cavities or sinuses of the heart, with a Latin adjective.

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  • noun anatomy A cavity

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  • noun (anatomy) a natural hollow or sinus within the body


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  • Macra cavum repetes, quem macra subisti, [2893] the six non-natural things caused it, and they must cure it.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Muhammad Ali suffers from a cavum septum pellucidum and scarring of the basal ganglia.

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  • Fresonibus igitur tributum daturis mos erat singulos nummos in hujus _scuti cavum_ conjicere, e quibus eos duntaxat in censum regium ratio computantis eligeret, qui eminus exatoris aures clarioris soni crepitaculo perstrinxissent quo evenit, ut id solum æs quæstor in fiscum supputando colligeret, cujus casum remotiore auris indicio persensisset, cujus vero obscurior sonus citra computantis defuisset auditum, recipiebatur quidem in fiscum (!!!), sed nullum summæ præstabat augmentum.

    Notes and Queries, Number 51, October 19, 1850

  • The Semilunar Ganglion (ganglion semilunare [Gasseri]; Gasserian ganglion) occupies a cavity (cavum Meckelii) in the dura mater covering the trigeminal impression near the apex of the petrous part of the temporal bone.

    IX. Neurology. 5e. The Trigeminal Nerve

  • The cavity of the septum pellucidum (cavum septi pellucidi; pseudocele; fifth ventricle) is generally regarded as part of the longitudinal cerebral fissure, which has become shut off by the union of the hemispheres in the formation of the corpus callosum above and the fornix below.

    IX. Neurology. 4c. The Fore-brain or Prosencephalon

  • The Mouth Cavity Proper (cavum oris proprium) (Fig. 1014) is bounded laterally and in front by the alveolar arches with their contained teeth; behind, it communicates with the pharynx by a constricted aperture termed the isthmus faucium.

    XI. Splanchnology. 2a. The Mouth

  • The Cavity of the Body (cavum uteri) is a mere slit, flattened antero-posteriorly.

    XI. Splanchnology. 3d. 3. The Uterus

  • The Subarachnoid Cavity (cavum subarachnoideale; subarachnoid space) is the interval between the arachnoid and pia mater.

    IX. Neurology. 4g. The Meninges of the Brain and Medulla Spinalis

  • The narrow-curved depression between the helix and the antihelix is called the scapha; the antihelix describes a curve around a deep, capacious cavity, the concha, which is partially divided into two parts by the crus or commencement of the helix; the upper part is termed the cymba conchæ, the lower part the cavum conchæ.

    X. The Organs of the Senses and the Common Integument. 1d. 1. The External Ear

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