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me·a·tus

 (mē-ā′təs)
n. pl. me·a·tus·es or meatus
A body opening or passage, such as the opening of the ear or the urethral canal.

[Latin meātus, passage, from past participle of meāre, to pass; see mei- in Indo-European roots.]

me·a′tal (-təl) adj.

meatus

(mɪˈeɪtəs)
n, pl -tuses or -tus
(Anatomy) anatomy a natural opening or channel, such as the canal leading from the outer ear to the eardrum
[C17: from Latin: passage, from meāre to pass]

me•a•tus

(miˈeɪ təs)

n., pl. -tus•es, -tus.
an opening, esp. in a bone or bony structure, as the ear or nose.
[1655–65; < Latin meātus course, channel]
me•a′tal, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.meatus - a natural body passagewaymeatus - a natural body passageway    
passageway, passage - a path or channel or duct through or along which something may pass; "the nasal passages"
acoustic meatus, auditory canal, auditory meatus, ear canal, external auditory canal - either of the passages in the outer ear from the auricle to the tympanic membrane
nasal meatus - the passages in the nasal cavity formed by the projections of the nasal conchae
Translations

me·a·tus

n. meato, pasaje, abertura, apertura.

meatus

n (pl meatus) meato
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On physical examination, mandibular drift, a palpable defect in the left hemimandible, and tan-colored masses protruding from both external auditory meatuses were observed.
Endoscopic examination revealed that the middle meatuses were unremarkable, but examination of the area of the right sphenoethmoid recess revealed purulent discharge over the anterior face of the sphenoid sinus (figure, B).