Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A body opening or passage, such as the opening of the ear or the urethral canal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A tubular opening or passage in the body.
  • n. Plural form of meatus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A natural passage or canal. See Illust. of ear.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In anatomy, a passage: applied to various ducts of the body.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a natural body passageway

Etymologies

Latin meātus, passage, from past participle of meāre, to pass; see mei-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin meātus ("a course, passing"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The meatus is the opening of the urethra in the top thing on the end, the glans penis.

    As Husbands Go

  • The meatus is the narrowest part of it, and the prostatic part is the widest.

    Surgical Anatomy

  • The 'meatus' contains three distinct channels; and the air, loitering, as it were, in it, and being longer in contact with the sensitive membrane by which it is lined, contributes to the acuter sense of smell.

    The Dog

  • The flap called the tragus protects of the auditory meatus, or earhole.

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • Nullus est meatus ad quem non pateat aditus impudicitiae.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • When otolaryngologists "irrigate the sinuses" it is done by performing a needle puncture into the sinus, or sometimes when possible by cannulating the middle meatus.

    Medpundit

  • Hypospadias: Hypospadias is a congenital defect of the penis in which the urinary tract opening, or urethral meatus, is abnormally located away from the tip of the penis.

    10/12/2007

  • The meatus was actually almost as if hypospadia, in that it was far down the shaft of the penis which was located where the clitoris usually is.

    Transcending Gender

  • Hic venit currens per deserta Indiæ Maioris, hincque per meatus subterraneos transit plures terras: exiens sub Monte Aloth, inter Indiam et Aethiopiam, et Mauritaniam intra deserta Aegypti, irrigans totam longitudinem

    The Voyages and Travels of Sir John Mandeville

  • Hic venit currens per deserta Indi� Maioris, hincque per meatus subterraneos transit plures terras: exiens sub Monte Aloth, inter Indiam et Aethiopiam, et Mauritaniam intra deserta Aegypti, irrigans totam longitudinem

    The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation

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    October 28, 2008

  • I bet you enjoyed that juxtaposition of the ear and the urethral canal, didn't you? eeeeewwwww!

    March 2, 2007

  • If you're reading this page, you should read the comments about tragus.

    March 1, 2007

  • A body opening or passage, such as the opening of the ear or the urethral canal.

    March 1, 2007