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n. pl. fe·nes·trae (-trē′)
1. Anatomy A small anatomical opening, as in a bone.
2. An opening in a bone made by surgical fenestration.
3. Zoology A transparent spot or marking, as on the wing of a moth or butterfly.

[Latin, window.]

fe·nes′tral adj.


n, pl -trae (-triː)
1. (Biology) biology a small opening in or between bones, esp one of the openings between the middle and inner ears
2. (Zoology) zoology a transparent marking or spot, as on the wings of moths
3. (Architecture) architect a window or window-like opening in the outside wall of a building
[C19: via New Latin from Latin: wall opening, window]
feˈnestral adj


(fɪˈnɛs trə)

n., pl. -trae (-trē).
1. a small opening or perforation, as in a bone, esp. either of the two oval openings between the middle and inner ears.
2. a transparent spot in an otherwise opaque surface, as in the wings of certain butterflies and moths.
[1820–30; < New Latin; Latin fenestra window, hole (in a wall)]
fe•nes′tral, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fenestra - a small opening covered with membrane (especially one in the bone between the middle and inner ear)
orifice, porta, opening - an aperture or hole that opens into a bodily cavity; "the orifice into the aorta from the lower left chamber of the heart"
ear - the sense organ for hearing and equilibrium
fenestra of the vestibule, fenestra ovalis, fenestra vestibuli, oval window - fenestra that has the base of the stapes attached to it
otology - the branch of medicine concerned with the ear
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The effect of this transmitted pressure is passive congestion of the liver with subsequent elevation of hepatic venous pressure, which can further impair the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to hepatocytes, leading to sinusoidal fenestrae enlargement.
The lateral-posterior segment is extensive and its posterior region has the condyles and fenestrae (Figure 3).
Finally, the basicranial and pituitary fenestrae are closed (Table 1).
Ferre potes dominam salvis tot restibus ullam, cum pateant altae caligantesque fenestrae, cum tibi vicinum se praebeat Aemilius pons?
The liver parenchyma is extensively supplied by sinusoids that are lined by endothelial cells, which contain fenestrae but lack a continuous basal lamina when viewed by electron microscopy [1,2].
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These fenestrae may be due to decay of non-calcified algal filaments or organic matter (Fig.
The role of immune tolerance, related to hepatocytes presenting their proteins as antigens to circulating T cells by contacting them through fenestrae, (a process called transendothelial hepatocyte lymphocyte interaction, TEHLI) which depends on a porous liver sieve (20) (Figure 2).
clausae fenestrae manent; mire enim silentio et tenebris ab us quae avocant abductus et liber et mihi relictus, non oculos animo sed animum oculis sequor, qui eadem quae mens vident, quotiens non vident alia.
On the contrary, in Calyptocephalella and other anurans, the otic plate of the squamosal and the laterally expanded frontoparietal flush on the occipital plane, lacking any sign of posttemporal fenestrae (see LYNCH, 1971; EVANS et al.