What does sphincter mean?

Definitions for sphincter
ˈsfɪŋk tərsphinc·ter

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sphincter, anatomical sphincter, sphincter musclenoun

    a ring of muscle that contracts to close an opening

Wiktionary

  1. sphincternoun

    A ringlike band of muscle that surrounds a bodily opening, constricting and relaxing as required for normal physiological functioning.

  2. Etymology: From sphincter, from σφιγκτήρ, from σφίγγω. Compare sphinx, "the strangler".

Wikipedia

  1. Sphincter

    A sphincter is a circular muscle that normally maintains constriction of a natural body passage or orifice and which relaxes as required by normal physiological functioning. Sphincters are found in many animals. There are over 60 types in the human body, some microscopically small, in particular the millions of precapillary sphincters. Sphincters relax at death, often releasing fluids and faeces.

ChatGPT

  1. sphincter

    A sphincter is a circular muscle that normally maintains constriction of a natural body passage or orifice and which relaxes as required by normal physiological functioning. It is commonly associated with passages in the body that help control the expulsion of various substances, including the digestive and urinary systems.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sphincternoun

    a muscle which surrounds, and by its contraction tends to close, a natural opening; as, the sphincter of the bladder

  2. Sphincteradjective

    of, pertaining to, or designating, a sphincter; as, a sphincter muscle

  3. Etymology: [NL., fr. to bind tight.]

Wikidata

  1. Sphincter

    A sphincter is an anatomical structure, a circular muscle that normally maintains constriction of a natural body passage or orifice and which relaxes as required by normal physiological functioning. Sphincters are found in many animals; there are over 50 types in the human body, some microscopically small, in particular the millions of precapillary sphincters.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sphincter

    sfingk′tėr, n. (anat.) a muscle that contracts or shuts an orifice or opening which it surrounds—around the anus, &c.—adjs. Sphinc′terāte, provided with a sphincter, contracted as if by a sphincter; Sphinctē′rial, Sphincter′ic, relating to a sphincter or its function.—n. Sphincterot′omy, the operation of cutting a sphincter. [Gr. sphingktēr,—sphinggein, to bind tight.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sphincter in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sphincter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of sphincter in a Sentence

  1. Gina Sam:

    You eventually confuse the muscles in the rectum and anal sphincter and develop constipation.

  2. Matthew Green (c. 1737):

    Avarice is the sphincter of the heart.

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