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clo·a·ca

 (klō-ā′kə)
n. pl. clo·a·cae (-sē′)
1. A sewer or latrine.
2. Zoology
a. The common cavity that serves as the opening for the intestinal, genital, and urinary tracts in many vertebrates, including amphibians, reptiles, birds, monotremes, and some fishes.
b. The posterior part of the intestinal tract in various invertebrates.

[Latin cloāca, sewer, canal.]

clo·a′cal (-kəl) adj.

cloaca

(kləʊˈeɪkə)
n, pl -cae (-kiː)
1. (Zoology) a cavity in the pelvic region of most vertebrates, except higher mammals, and certain invertebrates, into which the alimentary canal and the genital and urinary ducts open
2. a sewer
[C18: from Latin: sewer; related to Greek kluzein to wash out]
cloˈacal, cloˈacaline, ˌcloaˈcinal adj

clo•a•ca

(kloʊˈeɪ kə)

n., pl. -cae (-sē).
1.
a. the common cavity into which the intestinal, urinary, and generative canals open in birds, reptiles, amphibians, many fishes, and certain mammals.
b. a similar cavity in invertebrates.
2. a sewer, esp. an ancient sewer.
[1650–60; < Latin clo(u)āca, cluāca sewer, drain]
clo•a′cal, adj.

clo·a·ca

(klō-ā′kə)
The body cavity into which the intestinal, urinary, and genital canals empty in birds, reptiles, amphibians, most fish, and the primitive mammals known as monotremes. The cloaca has an opening for expelling its contents from the body.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cloaca - (zoology) the cavity (in birds, reptiles, amphibians, most fish, and monotremes but not mammals) at the end of the digestive tract into which the intestinal, genital, and urinary tracts open
bodily cavity, cavum, cavity - (anatomy) a natural hollow or sinus within the body
zoological science, zoology - the branch of biology that studies animals
2.cloaca - a waste pipe that carries away sewage or surface watercloaca - a waste pipe that carries away sewage or surface water
drainpipe, waste pipe, drain - a pipe through which liquid is carried away
sewage system, sewage works, sewer system - facility consisting of a system of sewers for carrying off liquid and solid sewage
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John Lateran, the Campagna, the Appian Way, the Seven Hills, the Baths of Caracalla, the Claudian Aqueduct, the Cloaca Maxima--the eternal bore designed the Eternal City, and unless all men and books do lie, he painted every thing in it!
After working an hour I began to speculate on the distance one had to go before the cloaca was reached, the chances we had of missing it altogether.
Contrast fluoroscopy performed 72 hours after surgery confirmed normal positioning of the cloaca. Follow-up examinations documented proper postoperative healing of the hernia repair and maintenance of visibly normal passage of droppings.
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Gill-like organs within its cloaca - an orifice used by reptiles for excretion and mating - enable it to stay underwater for up to three days, but it was unable to hide from the pet collectors who raided its nests during the 1960s and 1970s.
Though this exhibit does not feature Delvoye's most shocking works, such as the digestive machine "Cloaca" or tattooed live pigs, Gallery Hyundai CEO Do Hyung-teh said he tried to cover the diversity of Delvoye's eclectic oeuvre, ranging from ornate carvings on an aluminum Maserati shell to scale models of trucks incorporating Gothic architectural style.
The clinical signs of the disease include:DepressionRuffled feathersWatery diarrhoea (White due to urates) that mutts on the vent feathersInflamed cloaca due to vent peckingLoss of appetitedeathThe severity of the clinical signs depends on the age and breed of the bird Layers are more susceptible than broilers.
They use an organ called cloaca - an orifice that is the combined opening for the digestive, reproductive and urinary tracts, all in one.
When I started making the Cloaca machines [which reproduce digestion and defecation], a different type of industrial or scientific revolution was underway from the one that had fascinated Tinguely with its motors and new sense of mobility.