Definition of Cavernous

1. Adjective. Being or suggesting a cavern. "Vast cavernous chambers hollowed out of limestone"

Similar to: Hollow
Derivative terms: Cavern

2. Adjective. Filled with vascular sinuses and capable of becoming distended and rigid as the result of being filled with blood. "The penis is an erectile organ"
Exact synonyms: Erectile
Category relationships: Physiology
Similar to: Expansive

Definition of Cavernous

1. a. Full of caverns; resembling a cavern or large cavity; hollow.

Definition of Cavernous

1. Adjective. resembling a cavern; vast ¹

2. Adjective. having many caverns ¹

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Definition of Cavernous

1. [adj]

Medical Definition of Cavernous

1. Relating to a cavern or a cavity; containing many cavities. (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Cavernous

cavern out
cavernous (current term)
cavernous angioma
cavernous arteries
cavernous branch of internal carotid artery
cavernous groove
cavernous haemangioma
cavernous haemangioma of liver
cavernous lymphangiectasis
cavernous part of internal carotid artery
cavernous plexus of conchae

Literary usage of Cavernous

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Anatomy: Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1897)
"The small cavernous nerves perforate the fibrous covering of the penis near its ... The large cavernous nerve passes forward along the dorsum of the penis, ..."

2. Text-book of Ophthalmology by Ernst Fuchs (1911)
"Orbital phlegmons may lead to thrombosis of the cavernous sinus; although the converse process may also happen—ie, the thrombosis starting from a thrombosed ..."

3. General Surgical Pathology and Therapeutics, in Fifty Lectures by Theodor Billroth (1890)
"The boundary of this cavernous tissue, which may form in all the tissues of the body, is sometimes evidently a sort of capsule; but in other cases this ..."

4. Diseases of the eye: A Handbook of Ophthalmic Practice for Students and by George Edmund De Schweinitz (1916)
"Thrombosis of the cavernous Sinus.—During phlegmonous inflammation of the orbit there may be thrombosis of the orbital veins, and extension from them to the ..."

5. The Practitioner by Gale Group, ProQuest Information and Learning Company (1891)
"cavernous Tumour of the Hand.—Professor Billroth recently showed at his clinic a young woman whose hand was covered with cavernous tumours, first observed ..."

6. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"Arteries open into such tumours and veins pass out from them, the cavernous territory being intermediate ; but, according to several authorities, ..."

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