Definition of Cavity

1. Noun. A sizeable hole (usually in the ground). "They dug a pit to bury the body"

Exact synonyms: Pit
Specialized synonyms: Trou-de-loup, Barbecue Pit, Borrow Pit, Divot, Fire Pit, Quicksand, Sandpit, Sawpit, Tar Pit
Generic synonyms: Hole, Hollow

2. Noun. Space that is surrounded by something.
Exact synonyms: Enclosed Space
Generic synonyms: Space
Specialized synonyms: Hollow, Pocket, Pouch, Sac, Sack

3. Noun. Soft decayed area in a tooth; progressive decay can lead to the death of a tooth.
Exact synonyms: Caries, Dental Caries, Tooth Decay
Generic synonyms: Decay
Derivative terms: Carious

4. Noun. (anatomy) a natural hollow or sinus within the body.

Definition of Cavity

1. n. Hollowness.

Definition of Cavity

1. Noun. A hole or hollow depression. ¹

2. Noun. A hollow area within the body (such as the sinuses). ¹

3. Noun. (dentistry) A soft area in a decayed tooth. ¹

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Definition of Cavity

1. an unfilled space within a mass [n -TIES] : CAVITIED [adj]

Medical Definition of Cavity

1. A hollow place or space or a potential space, within the body or in one of its organs, it may be normal or pathological. Origin: L. Cavitas This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cavity

cavitas thoracis
cavitas tympanica
cavitas uteri
cavity (current term)
cavity line angle
cavity liner
cavity margin
cavity of concha
cavity of larynx
cavity of middle ear
cavity of pharynx
cavity of septum pellucidum
cavity of tooth
cavity preparation
cavity preparation base
cavity preparation form
cavity quantum electrodynamics
cavity resonator

Literary usage of Cavity

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

1. Anatomy of the Cat by Jacob Ellsworth Reighard, Herbert Spencer Jennings (1901)
"I. THE BODY cavity. The greater part of the viscera are situated in the ... This is divided by the diaphragm into two parts, the thoracic cavity and the ..."

2. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1901)
"E. Diagrams of the Origin of the Amnion. 1. Section of an egg of Erinaceus after Hubrecht, «bowing the two layers and a cavity in the ..."

3. Psychology: General Introduction by Charles Hubbard Judd (1907)
"Figure 32 shows nose is represented". The the area within the nasal arrow A indicates the path cavity which is covered by °.f th(Lai.r in ..."

4. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1889)
"genetic agent at the site of the operation, this structure was excised over an area corresponding in extent to the circumference of the cavity. ..."

5. The Lancet (1898)
"In every case a free opening should be made into the cavity of the abscess ... The interior of the abscess cavity is irrigated with an antiseptic solution ..."

6. Surgery, Gynecology & Obstetrics by The American College of Surgeons, Franklin H. Martin Memorial Foundation (1921)
"B. Showing technique of obliteration of cavity in the left side of mandible. ... The cavity was the size of a large thumb. The symphysis had bulged forward ..."

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