meatus

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Borrowed from Latin meātus (a going, passing; a way, path, passage), from meō (to go, pass) +‎ -tus (action noun suffix).

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meatus (plural meatus or meatuses)

  1. (anatomy) A tubular opening or passage leading to the interior of the body.
    The urinary meatus is the opening of the urethra, situated on the glans penis in males, and in the vulva in females.
    • 2012, David W. Kennedy; Peter H. Hwang, editors, Rhinology: Diseases of the Nose, Sinuses, and Skull Base[1], Thieme, →ISBN:
      The vibrissae are coarse hairs whose follicles are located just within the nasal meatus.
    Hyponyms: acoustic meatus, urinary meatus
  2. (anatomy) Ellipsis of acoustic meatus, the passage leading into the ear.
    Synonym: ear canal

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Etymology 1[edit]

Perfect passive participle of meō (to go, to pass).

Participle[edit]

meātus (feminine meāta, neuter meātum); first/second-declension participle

  1. perfect passive participle of meō
Inflection[edit]

First/second-declension adjective.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
Nominative meātus meāta meātum meātī meātae meāta
Genitive meātī meātae meātī meātōrum meātārum meātōrum
Dative meātō meātō meātīs
Accusative meātum meātam meātum meātōs meātās meāta
Ablative meātō meātā meātō meātīs
Vocative meāte meāta meātum meātī meātae meāta
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Etymology 2[edit]

From meō (to go, pass) +‎ -tus (action noun suffix).

Noun[edit]

meātus m (genitive meātūs); fourth declension

  1. (literally) a going, passing, motion, course
  2. (transferred sense) a way, path, passage
    1. the avenues of sensation in the body
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Inflection[edit]

Fourth-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative meātus meātūs
Genitive meātūs meātuum
Dative meātuī meātibus
Accusative meātum meātūs
Ablative meātū meātibus
Vocative meātus meātūs
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  • meatus in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • meatus in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • meatus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette