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a cave, esp when large and formed by underground water, or a large chamber in a cave



a cavity that develops in body organs where there is destruction and death (necrosis) of tissues and subsequent liquefaction of the necrotic masses.

Caverns may be closed, not communicating with the external environment, or open, when contents of the cavern empty to the outside through natural channels. Caverns appear most often at the site of a purulent necrotic process or specific inflammation in the lungs (cavernous tuberculosis), kidneys (an abscess that opens into the renal pelvis), or liver (a suppurative node of Echinococcus that empties into the biliary tract). The presence of a cavern fosters the spread of the pathological process and the development of complications (hemorrhage, perforation).



An underground chamber or series of chambers of indefinite extent carved out by rock springs in limestone.
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Unlike some other makes in the past, which have compromised space for looks, the Mondeo provides a cavernous space without ruining looks and legroom.
It has massive capacity, enough for most eventualities, but if that bit extra is required the rear seats can be double folded flat to proved cavernous space.
Cobalt mosaic tiles and glass combine to give a sumptuous, otherworldly dimension to the cavernous space.
Facilities at the old Rep were vastly different from that of the new one, where the wardrobe department occupies a cavernous space in the basement.
San Paolo occupies the somewhat cavernous space that once housed the Mongolian Bar.
The cavernous space with its high ceiling lost above rafters and lighting rig, heavy curtains, and acoustics, are all perfect for the Kit Kat Klub while also spatially suggesting the pit of hell that Berlin is becoming during Hitler's rise.
The underside is clad in narrow strips of wood and vertical slashes of glazing incised along the edges of each paraboloid wash the cavernous space with an ethereal luminance, reflected by the lustrous floor of highly polished marble and terrazzo.
If you crave sexy, flowing lines on a car then cavernous space tends to be sacrificed.
The NEC, for once, had its cavernous space hosting some rather more subtle sounds than usual.
Take Robert Therrien's recent show at Gagosian: Like much of the Los Angeles-based artist's sculptural work over the past decade and a half, the bulk of the objects installed in the cavernous space (here reconfigured to roughly half its regular dimensions) painstakingly reimagine a selection of quotidian objects at outlandishly exaggerated scales.
The company's idea is to make the MPV as car-like as possible to drive while still providing cavernous space for people and luggage.