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sphincter

Anatomy a ring of muscle surrounding the opening of a hollow organ or body and contracting to close it
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Sphincter

 

a ringlike muscle that constricts to close a natural orifice such as the oral or anal opening, or to narrow the passage from one part of a hollow tubular organ to another, for example, from the stomach and bile duct to the duodenum and from the bladder to the urethra. The sphincter is always in a tonic state. The orbicular muscle of the iris is a sphincter. Some sphincters consist of striated muscle and others of smooth muscle innervated by the autonomic nervous system.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

sphincter

[′sfiŋk·tər]
(anatomy)
A muscle that surrounds and functions to close an orifice.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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