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cavernous


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cavernous  \Cav"ern*ous\,  a.  [L.  cavernosus:  cf  F.  caverneux.] 
  1.  Full  of  caverns;  resembling  a  cavern  or  large  cavity; 
  hollow. 
 
  2.  Filled  with  small  cavities  or  cells. 
 
  3.  Having  a  sound  caused  by  a  cavity. 
 
  {Cavernous  body},  a  body  of  erectile  tissue  with  large 
  interspaces  which  may  be  distended  with  blood,  as  in  the 
  penis  or  clitoris. 
 
  {Cavernous  respiration},  a  peculiar  respiratory  sound  andible 
  on  auscultation,  when  the  bronchial  tubes  communicate  with 
  morbid  cavities  in  the  lungs. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  cavernous 
  adj  1:  being  or  suggesting  a  cavern;  "vast  cavernous  chambers 
  hollowed  out  of  limestone" 
  2:  (physiology)  filled  with  vascular  sinuses  and  capable  of 
  becoming  distended  and  rigid  as  the  result  of  being  filled 
  with  blood;  "erectile  tissue";  "the  penis  is  an  erectile 
  organ  [syn:  {erectile}] 




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