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[sahy-nuh s] /ˈsaɪ nəs/
noun, plural sinuses.
a curve; bend.
a curving part or recess.
  1. any of various cavities, recesses, or passages, as a hollow in a bone, or a reservoir or channel for venous blood.
  2. one of the hollow cavities in the skull connecting with the nasal cavities.
  3. an expanded area in a canal or tube.
Pathology. a narrow passage leading to an abscess or the like.
Botany. a small, rounded depression between two projecting lobes, as of a leaf.
Origin of sinus
1590-1600; < Latin sinus (stem sinu-) bent or curved surface, curve, fold
Related forms
sinuslike, adjective


[ir-i-duh m] /ˈɪr ɪ dəm/
Sinus, Sinus Iridum. Unabridged
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  • She used to grind her teeth constantly due to painful sinus and ear infections linked to her condition.
  • So far, they've done virtual practice sessions with their prototype on several patients about to undergo sinus surgery.
  • Heck, it isn't even ingrown toenails and sinus infections.
  • Wondering why my cold and sinus combo meds aren't clearing my sinuses.
  • He had fights, in one of which his nose was broken, leaving him with sinus problems for the rest of his life.
  • But, no, boredom laced with cynicism had become the sinus blockage of the body politic.
  • Not counting the potential danger of explosion, hyperbaric oxygen therapy can cause ear and sinus pain.
  • In addition, all the adults suffered from chronic sinus infections.
  • Aside from getting sick only every other year or so and nothing more annoying then a sinus infection.
  • These health benefits include improved circulation, joint and muscle pain reduction, and congestion and sinus relief.
British Dictionary definitions for sinus


noun (pl) -nuses
  1. any bodily cavity or hollow space
  2. a large channel for venous blood, esp between the brain and the skull
  3. any of the air cavities in the cranial bones
(pathol) a passage leading to a cavity containing pus
(botany) a small rounded notch between two lobes of a leaf, petal, etc
an irregularly shaped cavity
Word Origin
C16: from Latin: a curve, bay
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Word Origin and History for sinus

"hollow curve or cavity in the body," early 15c., from Medieval Latin sinus, from Latin sinus "bend, fold, curve, a bent surface; a bay, bight, gulf; a fold in land;" also "fold of the toga about the breast," hence "bosom," and figuratively "love, affection, intimacy; interior, inmost part;" of unknown origin.

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sinus in Medicine

sinus si·nus (sī'nəs)

  1. A depression or cavity formed by a bending or curving.

  2. A channel for the passage of blood or lymph, without the coats of an ordinary vessel, such as the blood passages in the gravid uterus or in the cerebral meninges.

  3. Any of various air-filled cavities in the bones of the skull, especially one communicating with the nostrils.

  4. A dilatation in a blood vessel.

  5. A fistula or tract leading to a pus-filled cavity.

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sinus in Science

  1. A cavity or hollow space in a bone of the skull, especially one that connects with the nose.

  2. A channel for the passage of a body fluid, such as blood.

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