subcavity

cavity

[kav-i-tee]
noun, plural cavities.
1.
any hollow place; hollow.
2.
Anatomy. a hollow space within the body, an organ, a bone, etc.
3.
a hollow space or a pit in a tooth, most commonly produced by caries. A cavity may be artificially made to support dental restorations.

Origin:
1535–45; < Middle French cavite < Late Latin cavitās hollowness, equivalent to Latin cav(us) hollow + -itās -ity

cavitied, adjective
subcavity, noun, plural subcavities.
uncavitied, adjective


1. See hole.
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cavity (ˈkævɪtɪ)
 
n , pl -ties
1.  a hollow space; hole
2.  dentistry See caries a soft decayed area on a tooth
3.  any empty or hollow space within the body: the oral cavity
4.  electronics See cavity resonator
 
[C16: from French cavité, from Late Latin cavitās, from Latin cavus hollow]

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cavity
1540s, from M.Fr. cavité, from L.L. cavitas "hollowness," from L. cavus "hollow" (see cave).
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cavity cav·i·ty (kāv'ĭ-tē)
n.

  1. A hollow area within the body, such as a sinus cavity.

  2. A pitted area in a tooth caused by caries.

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cavity   (kāv'ĭ-tē)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. A hollow; a hole.

  2. A hollow area within the body.

  3. A pitted area in a tooth caused by caries.


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