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  • n. Plural form of sphincter.


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  • This colon hath many windings, that the excrements pass not away too fast: the right gut is straight, and conveys the excrements to the fundament, whose lower part is bound up with certain muscles called sphincters, that the excrements may be the better contained, until such time as a man be willing to go to the stool.

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  • The duodenum is separated from the stomach by a ring-like muscular valve, the pylorus; this valve belongs to the class of muscles called sphincters, which, under ordinary circumstances, are closed, but which relax to open the circular central aperture.

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  • So many sphincters tightening or going loose, but maybe that's a little too close to hard core Republicans like Craig and Vitter.


  • The “tight lips and tight sphincters,” as Lowe described it, were a symptom of uncertainty.

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  • It just your opinion, and just like sphincters, everyone has one, and yours stinks.

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  • On a priority scale when danger is imminent, certain body sphincters rank surprisingly low.

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  • A Radio 4 audience audibly clenches its collective sphincters

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  • No doubt the imminent prospect of Brown trouser moments at No. 10 and the Treasury has concentrated minds as well as sphincters. denis cooper

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  • He tells me about Tibetans who are so focused that they can suck water into their anuses by squeezing their sphincters.


  • That's why there are two main valves, or sphincters, that control food going in and out of your stomach -- the one at the top (or the lower esophageal sphincter) and one at the bottom (the pyloric valve).

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