body cavity

body cavity
The principal cavity between the body wall and internal organs of an organism: coelom, pseudocoelom or hemocoelom.

Online Dictionary of Invertebrate Zoology. . 2005.

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  • Body cavity — Cavity Cav i*ty, n.; pl. {Cavities}. [L. cavus hollow: cf. F. cavit[ e].] 1. Hollowness. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] The cavity or hollowness of the place. Goodwin. [1913 Webster] 2. A hollow place; a hollow; as, the abdominal cavity. [1913 Webster] An …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • body cavity — n a cavity within an animal body specif COELOM * * * a visceral cavity, such as the thoracic, abdominal, or pelvic cavity …   Medical dictionary

  • Body cavity — Body Bod y, n.; pl. {Bodies}. [OE. bodi, AS. bodig; akin to OHG. botah. [root]257. Cf. {Bodice}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The material organized substance of an animal, whether living or dead, as distinguished from the spirit, or vital principle; the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Body cavity — Picture of Human body cavities dorsal body cavity to the left and ventral body cavity to the right. By the broadest definition, a body cavity is any fluid filled space in a multicellular organism. However, the term usually refers to the space… …   Wikipedia

  • body cavity — noun : a cavity within an animal body; specifically : the more of less complete space intervening in all higher animals between the body wall and the digestive tract and in mammals and birds divided by the diaphragm into an anterior thoracic… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Body cavity search — Cavity search redirects here. For other meanings, see Cavity Search (disambiguation). A body cavity search is either a visual search or a manual internal inspection of body cavities such as for prohibited material (contraband), such as illegal… …   Wikipedia

  • body cavity — /ˈbɒdi kævəti/ (say bodee kavuhtee) noun 1. Zoology, Anatomy, etc. the general or common cavity of the body, as distinguished from special cavities or those of particular organs. 2. a cavity of the body which has an external orifice, as the mouth …  

  • body-cavity — bodˈy cavity noun The cavity in which the viscera of the higher animals lie, the coelom • • • Main Entry: ↑body …   Useful english dictionary

  • body cavity — noun Date: 1875 a cavity in an animal body; specifically coelom …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • body cavity — noun The cavity within the body of animals which contains the viscera. Syn: coelom …   Wiktionary

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