• WordNet 3.6
    • n meatus a natural body passageway
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n. sing. & pl Meatus (Anat) A natural passage or canal; as, the external auditory meatus . See Illust. of Ear.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n meatus In anatomy, a passage: applied to various ducts of the body.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Meatus mē-ā′tus a passage or canal, as the urethral meatus
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., a going, passage, fr. meare, to go
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. meātusmeāre, to go.


In literature:

The external auditory meatus was obliterated.
"Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine" by George M. Gould
Let a person press both auricles against the side of the head, and hold both hands vertically in front of each meatus.
"A Practical Physiology" by Albert F. Blaisdell
Nullus est meatus ad quem non pateat aditus impudicitiae.
"The Anatomy of Melancholy" by Democritus Junior
He refused to accept Huschke's derivation of the auditory meatus from the first gill-slit.
"Form and Function" by E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
Although the meatus could be distinctly felt, the catheter would not enter.
"History of Circumcision from the Earliest Times to the Present" by Peter Charles Remondino
Stricture midway between the meatus and bulb.
"Surgical Anatomy" by Joseph Maclise
This point approaches nearer to the auditory meatus than in the wild rabbit, as may be best seen in fig.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Vol. I." by Charles Darwin
Stop the meatus auditorius with cotton wool.
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin
The concha and =Meatus=, or canal, comprise the external ear, which is separated from the middle ear by the =Drum Membrane=.
"The Home Medical Library, Volume II (of VI)" by Various
Both nerves also may be torn across just before they enter the meatus in severe brain injuries apart from fracture.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles

In news:

We report the case of a 49-year-old man who presented with left aural fullness, hearing loss, and a stenotic left external auditory meatus.
As the ventral urethral meati was wider in caliber as compared to the dorsal, an infant feeding tube was passed through the dorsal urethral meatus and an adaptor was attached to the ventral urethral meatus.