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Related to sphincter: sphincter muscle, Sphincter of Oddi, sphincterotomy, sphincter spasm, Esophageal sphincter
A ringlike muscle that normally maintains constriction of a body passage or orifice and that relaxes as required by normal physiological functioning.
[Late Latin sphinctēr, from Greek sphinktēr, from sphingein, to bind tight.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
(Anatomy) anatomy a ring of muscle surrounding the opening of a hollow organ or body and contracting to close it
[C16: from Late Latin, from Greek sphinkter, from sphingein to grip tightly]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
a circular band of voluntary or involuntary muscle that encircles and closes an orifice of the body or one of its hollow organs.
[1570–80; < Late Latin < Greek sphinktḗr=sphing-, base of sphíngein to hold tight + -tēr agent suffix]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
A ring-shaped muscle that encircles an opening or passage in the body. Contraction and relaxation of a sphincter closes and opens the passage.
The American Heritage® Student Science Dictionary, Second Edition. Copyright © 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
A ring-shaped muscle that contracts to close an orifice.
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|Noun||1.||sphincter - a ring of muscle that contracts to close an opening|
physiological sphincter - a sphincter that is not recognizable at autopsy because its resting arrangement cannot be distinguished from adjacent tissue
musculus sphincter urethrae, urethral sphincter - a striated sphincter muscle that constricts the urethra
bladder sphincter, musculus sphincter vesicae - the sphincter muscle of the urinary bladder; made up of a thickened muscular layer of bladder around the urethral opening
musculus sphincter ductus choledochi - the smooth muscle sphincter of the common bile duct
musculus sphincter ductus pancreatici - the smooth muscle sphincter of the main pancreatic duct
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sphincter[ˈsfɪŋktəʳ] N → esfínter m
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
sphincter[ˈsfɪŋktər] n → sphincter m
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
n (Anat) → Schließmuskel m, → Sphinkter m (spec)
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
n. esfínter, músculo circular que abre y cierra un orificio.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
sphinctern esfínter m
English-Spanish/Spanish-English Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.