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 (ôr′ə-fĭs, ŏr′-)
An opening, especially to a cavity or passage of the body; a mouth or vent.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin ōrificium : Latin ōs, ōr-, mouth; see ōs- in Indo-European roots + Latin -ficium, a making, doing (from facere, to make; see dhē- in Indo-European roots).]

or′i·fi′cial (-fĭsh′əl) adj.


relating to an orifice
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The skin infection originating from an endogenous site may appear as scrofuloderma, acute miliary TB, tuberculous gumma, lupus vulgaris and orificial TB.
He said that Koreas have been separated by an "orificial" boundary.
Endogenous infection is secondary to a preexisting primary focus and may result from contiguous (orificial tuberculosis, scrofuloderma), hematogenous (acute miliary tuberculosis, tuberculous gumma, and lupus vulgaris), or lymphatic dissemination (lupus vulgaris) [2,16].
Ondine Chavoya states, the work "reverses the symbolic axis of the city's system of spatial purification and organization by memorializing its abject, orificial source." Like Robert Smithson's photographic series "Monuments of Passaic," 1967, it utilizes the power of designation to focus on the underbelly of urban infrastructures.