Definition of Orbital cavity

1. Noun. The bony cavity in the skull containing the eyeball.

Exact synonyms: Cranial Orbit, Eye Socket, Orbit
Generic synonyms: Bodily Cavity, Cavity, Cavum
Terms within: Lacrimal Bone
Group relationships: Skull
Derivative terms: Orbital

Definition of Orbital cavity

1. Noun. (anatomy) An eye socket. ¹

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Medical Definition of Orbital cavity

1. 1. The path described by a heavenly body in its periodical revolution around another body; as, the orbit of Jupiter, of the earth, of the moon. 2. An orb or ball. "Roll the lucid orbit of an eye." (Young) 3. The cavity or socket of the skull in which the eye and its appendages are situated. 4. The skin which surrounds the eye of a bird. Origin: L. Orbita a track or rut made by a wheel, course, circuit, fr. Orbis a circle: cf. F. Orbite. See Orb. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Orbital Cavity

orbit evisceration
orbit period
orbital abscess
orbital artery
orbital axis
orbital branch of middle meningeal artery
orbital branch of pterygopalatine ganglion
orbital cavities
orbital cavity (current term)
orbital decompression
orbital diseases
orbital eminence of zygomatic bone
orbital exenteration
orbital fat-pad
orbital forming
orbital fractures
orbital gyri
orbital hernia
orbital implant
orbital index
orbital lamina of ethmoid bone
orbital layer of ethmoid bone

Literary usage of Orbital cavity

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1. The Comparative anatomy of the domesticated animals by Auguste Chauveau (1887)
"orbital cavity. Situated at the side of the head, at the point corresponding ... Thus completed, the orbital cavity has the form of a regular hollow cone, ..."

2. Ophthalmic surgery: A Handbook of the Surgical Operations on the Eyeball and by Josef Meller (1912)
"Exenteration of the orbital cavity.—The removal of all the contents of the orbit for the extirpation of malignant neoplasms, whether of the orbit itself or ..."

3. Report of the Annual Meeting (1860)
"... which forms the outer part of the floor of the orbital cavity, and overlaps a part of the orbital process of the superior maxillary bone. ..."

4. Manual of Practical Anatomy by Daniel John Cunningham (1921)
"The origin of the inferior oblique lies near the anterior margin of the orbital cavity, entirely away from the other muscles which move the eyeball. ..."

5. Cunningham's Manual of Practical Anatomy by Daniel John Cunningham, Arthur Robinson (1914)
"Within the orbital cavity it gives numerous twigs to the deep surface of the lacrimal gland, and sends downwards a filament which connects it with the ..."

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