cavernous

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Cavernous \Cav"ern*ous\, adjective [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) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

cavernous

adjective

1: being or suggesting a cavern; "vast cavernous chambers hollowed out of limestone"

2: 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}, {cavernous}]

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