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1. a hollow or space, or a potential space, within the body or one of its organs; called also caverna and cavum.
2. the lesion produced by dental caries.
Cavities in the body. From Applegate, 2000.
abdominal cavity the cavity of the body between the diaphragm above and the pelvis below, containing the abdominal organs.
absorption c's cavities in developing compact bone due to osteoclastic erosion, usually occurring in the areas laid down first.
amniotic cavity the closed sac between the embryo and the amnion, containing the amniotic fluid.
cranial cavity the space enclosed by the bones of the cranium.
glenoid cavity a depression in the lateral angle of the scapula for articulation with the humerus.
marrow cavity (medullary cavity) the cavity that contains bone marrow in the diaphysis of a long bone; called also medullary canal.
nasal cavity the proximal portion of the passages of the respiratory system, extending from the nares to the pharynx; it is divided into left and right halves by the nasal septum and is separated from the oral cavity by the hard palate.
oral cavity the cavity of the mouth, bounded by the jaw bones and associated structures (muscles and mucosa).
pelvic cavity the space within the walls of the pelvis.
pericardial cavity the potential space between the epicardium and the parietal layer of the serous pericardium.
peritoneal cavity the potential space between the parietal and the visceral peritoneum.
pleural cavity the potential space between the two layers of pleura.
pulp cavity the pulp-filled central chamber in the crown of a tooth.
cavity of septum pellucidum the median cleft between the two laminae of the septum pellucidum. Called also pseudocele, pseudocoele, and fifth ventricle.
serous cavity a coelomic cavity, like that enclosed by the pericardium, peritoneum, or pleura, not communicating with the outside of the body and lined with a serous membrane, i.e., one which secretes a serous fluid.
tension cavity cavities of the lung in which the air pressure is greater than that of the atmosphere.
thoracic cavity the portion of the ventral body cavity situated between the neck and the diaphragm; it contains the pleural cavity.
tympanic cavity the major portion of the middle ear, consisting of a narrow air-filled cavity in the temporal bone that contains the auditory ossicles and communicates with the mastoid air cells and the mastoid antrum by means of the aditus and the nasopharynx by means of the auditory tube. The middle ear and the tympanic cavity were formerly regarded as being synonymous.
uterine cavity the flattened space within the uterus communicating proximally on either side with the fallopian tubes and below with the vagina.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

or·al cav·i·ty

the region consisting of the vestibulum oris, the narrow cleft between the lips and cheeks, and the teeth and gums, and the cavitas oris propria.
Synonym(s): cavitas oris [TA], cavum oris, mouth (1)
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

or·al cav·i·ty

(ōr'ăl kav'i-tē) [TA]
The region consisting of the vestibulum oris, the narrow cleft between the lips and cheeks, and the teeth and gums, and the cavitas oris propria.
Synonym(s): mouth (1) .
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

or·al cav·i·ty

(ōr'ăl kav'i-tē) [TA]
Region consisting of the narrow cleft between the lips and cheeks, and the teeth and gums, as well as any related structure.
Synonym(s): cavum oris, mouth (1) .
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012

Patient discussion about oral cavity

Q. What is Mouth cancer? My grandfather has been diagnosed with mouth cancer. What is it? Is it dangerous?

A. Cancer of the mouth is dangerous as are all cancers. The earlier this cancer is detected, the better the survival rates are. If the cancer is caught in the first stage the survival rates can go up to 90% of patients surviving five years and most of these will be cured.

Q. What are the symptoms of mouth cancer? I have an ulcer in my mouth that won't go away, could it be cancer?

A. Have you had this ulcer for a long time? over 3 weeks?
If so, consult your GP however don't be alarmed as it isn't necessarily cancer, though it's always better to check it out and not neglect it.

Q. which is a very good treatment for mouth ulcer

A. drink butter milk.

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The present study was undertaken to study the different types of oral cavity lesions.
Depth of Invasion.--Depth of invasion (DOI) in oral cavity squamous cell carcinoma, particularly of the tongue, has been identified as an important prognostic indicator and is a core element.
Patients with [greater than or equal to]12 years and above age having white lesion in oral cavity for the duration [greater than or equal to]14 days and a$?6 months were a part of this study.
Oral cavity cancer among females has decreased from 8.6pc in 1995-97 to 5.5pc last year.
Defining the normal bacterial flora of the oral cavity. J Clin Microbiol.
Characteristics of 40 primary extranodal non-Hodgkin's lymphomas of the oral cavity in perspective of the new WHO classification and the International Prognostic Index.
(2015) employed manipulative treatment for esophageal obstruction like pushing the obstructing object towards the rumen by the use of a stomach tube or pushing the obstructing object by thumb or fingers towards the oral cavity so that it could be withdrawn from the mouth.
Oral cavity cancers tend to metastasize to the levels I-III, thus supraomohyoid neck dissection is the usual procedure carried out for elective neck dissection (4).
SCC of the oral cavity can have various presentations.
(NYSE: XON), a synthetic biology company, to deliver the therapeutic molecule Trefoil Factor 1 to the mucosal tissues in the oral cavity.
Intraoral non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is uncommon and may affect either the jaw bones or occur within the soft tissues of the oral cavity. Here we report a case of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in a 65-year-old male patient who presented with a growth from the extraction socket.