Si"nus (?), n.; pl. L. Sinus, E. Sinuses (#). [L., a bent surface, a curve, the folds or bosom of a garment, etc., a bay. Cf. Sine, n.]


An opening; a hollow; a bending.


A bay of the sea; a recess in the shore.

3. Anat. & Zool.

A cavity; a depression.

Specifically: (a)

A cavity in a bone or other part, either closed or with a narrow opening

. (b)

A dilated vessel or canal.

4. Med.

A narrow, elongated cavity, in which pus is collected; an elongated abscess with only a small orifice.

5. Bot.

A depression between adjoining lobes.

⇒ A sinus may be rounded, as in the leaf of the white oak, or acute, as in that of the red maple.

Pallial sinus. Zool. See under Pallial. -- Sinus venosus (?). [L., venous dilatation.] Anat. (a) The main part of the cavity of the right auricle of the heart in the higher vertebrates. (b) In the lower vertebrates, a distinct chamber of the heart formed by the union of the large systematic veins and opening into the auricle.


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