Definition of meatus in English:


Syllabification: me·a·tus
Pronunciation: /mēˈātəs

noun (plural same or meatuses)

  • 1A passage or opening leading to the interior of the body: the urethral meatus
  • 1.1 (also external auditory meatus) The passage leading into the ear.
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    • These may extend to the nasopharynx and they commonly terminate in the area of the external auditory meatus.
    • The glands that produce ear ‘wax’ or cerumen are located in the external auditory meatus.
    • The apocrine sweat glands are confined to the axillae, areolae of the nipples, the anogenital area, and the external auditory meatus.


late Middle English: from Latin, 'passage', from meare 'to flow, run'.

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