noun Date: 1656 the quality or state of being patent

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  • Patency — Pa ten*cy, n. [See {Patent}.] 1. The condition of being open, enlarged, or spread. [1913 Webster] 2. The state of being patent or evident. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • patency — (.) 1650s, from PATENT (Cf. patent) + CY (Cf. cy) …   Etymology dictionary

  • patency — [pāt′ n sē, pat′ n sē] n. [ML patentia] 1. the state or quality of being patent, or obvious 2. Med. the state of being open or unobstructed …   English World dictionary

  • patency — The state of being freely open or exposed. probe p. (of foramen ovale), a term introduced by B.M. Patten to cover incomplete fibrous adhesion of an adequate valvula foraminis ovalis in the postnatal closure of the …   Medical dictionary

  • patency — /payt n see, pat /, n. 1. the state of being patent. 2. Med. the condition of not being blocked or obstructed. 3. Phonet. openness of articulation, found more or less in all phonemes except stops. [1650 60; PAT(ENT) + ENCY] * * * …   Universalium

  • patency — noun ˈpeɪtənsi a) The degree of openness of a tube, such as a blood vessel or catheter; the relative absence of blockage. Measured in percent. b) Obviousness; clarity …   Wiktionary

  • patency — pa·ten·cy || pætÉ™nsɪ / peɪt n. obviousness, evidentness, state of being open to view …   English contemporary dictionary

  • patency — pat·en·cy …   English syllables

  • patency — pa•ten•cy [[t]ˈpeɪt n si, ˈpæt [/t]] n. the state of being patent • Etymology: 1650–60 …   From formal English to slang

  • patency — /ˈpeɪtnsi/ (say paytnsee) noun 1. the state of being patent. 2. Medicine the condition of not being blocked or obstructed …   Australian English dictionary

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