Definition of patulous in English:


Line breaks: patu|lous
Pronunciation: /ˈpatjʊləs


  • 1(Especially of the branches of a tree) spreading: I found him on a remote bench beneath a patulous tree
  • 1.1 technical Open; expanded.
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    • Apnea, snoring, unusual sleeping positions, daytime somnolence, obesity and a patulous uvula with erythema are all associated with obstructive sleep apnea.
    • Other theories include the ‘sniff theory’ proposed by Magnuson in which sniffing in the presence of patulous Eustachaian tube results in air being ‘sucked out’ of the middle ear.
    • In contrast, SFT is characterized by a less even distribution of blood vessels that are variably angulated or thin walled and patulous.


early 17th century: from Latin patulus (from patere 'be or lie open') + -ous.

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