Patency



[peyt-n-see, pat-] /ˈpeɪt n si, ˈpæt-/

noun
1.
the state of being .
2.
Medicine/Medical. the condition of not being blocked or obstructed.
3.
Phonetics. openness of articulation, found more or less in all phonemes except stops.
/ˈpeɪtənsɪ/
noun
1.
the condition of being obvious
2.
the state of a bodily passage, duct, etc, of being open or unobstructed
3.
(phonetics) the degree to which the vocal tract remains unobstructed in the articulation of a speech sound See also closure (sense 7)
n.

1650s, from patent + -cy.

patency pa·ten·cy (pāt’n-sē)
n.
The state or quality of being open, expanded, or unblocked.

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