from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Botany Spreading or expanded: patulous branches.
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- adj. open; spread; exposed
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Open; expanded; slightly spreading; having the parts loose or dispersed
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Specifically— In botany, spreading slightly; expanded: as, a patulous calyx; bearing the flowers loose or dispersed: as, a patulous peduncle
- In entomology, noting wings which when at rest are longitudinal, or nearly so, but near the body, and partly overlapping each other, as in certain moths.
- Gaping; patent; having a, spreading aperture.
Those open indentations are called patulous or atrophic scars, and there are ice pick scars that look like tiny indented slivers on the skin.
Another alternative for patulous and ice-pick scars is injecting hyaluronic acid filler into the area.
When that foundation is vaporized over time by ultraviolet radiation or aging, the pores can appear more open, a condition known as “patulous pores.”
For indented scars—patulous or atrophic scars and ice-pick scars—there are a few fairly extreme options.
Two bits of looking-glass represent the eyes, the nose is patulous, as though offended by evil savour; the upper lip is drawn up in disdain, the under overlaps the chin; and a little mirror is inserted into the umbilical region.
Forteune is black, short, and “trapu;” curls of the jettiest lanugo invest all his outward man; bunches of muscle stand out from his frame like the statues of Crotonian Milo; his legs are bandy; his hands and feet are large and patulous, and he wants only
The os uteri is soft, patulous, and its edges are torn.
When a bone is divided, the vessels remain patulous, and do not contract in the canals in which they are contained.
A, Gastroscopic view of a gastrojejunostomy opening drawn patulous by the tube mouth.
It is all a matter of "plumbing" i.e., clearing out the "pipes," and maintaining a patulous airway.