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cavity

[kav-i-tee] /ˈkæv ɪ ti/
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
1535-1545
1535-45; < Middle French cavite < Late Latin cavitās hollowness, equivalent to Latin cav(us) hollow + -itās -ity
Related forms
cavitied, adjective
subcavity, noun, plural subcavities.
uncavitied, adjective
Synonyms
1. See hole.
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British Dictionary definitions for uncavitied

cavity

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

cavity

n.

1540s, from Middle French cavité (13c.), from Late Latin cavitatem (nominative cavitas) "hollowness," from Latin cavus "hollow" (see cave (n.)).

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uncavitied in Medicine

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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uncavitied in Science
cavity
  (kāv'ĭ-tē)   
  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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