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patency

[peyt-n-see, pat-] /ˈpeɪt n si, ˈpæt-/
noun
1.
the state of being patent.
2.
Medicine/Medical. the condition of not being blocked or obstructed.
3.
Phonetics. openness of articulation, found more or less in all phonemes except stops.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; pat(ent) + -ency
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British Dictionary definitions for patency

patency

/ˈpeɪtənsɪ/
noun
1.
the condition of being obvious
2.
the state of a bodily passage, duct, etc, of being open or unobstructed
3.
(phonetics) the degree to which the vocal tract remains unobstructed in the articulation of a speech sound See also closure (sense 7)
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Word Origin and History for patency
n.

1650s, from patent + -cy.

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patency in Medicine

patency pa·ten·cy (pāt'n-sē)
n.
The state or quality of being open, expanded, or unblocked.

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