1 a large entrance or reception room or area [syn: anteroom, antechamber, entrance hall, hall, foyer, lobby]
2 any of various bodily cavities leading to another cavity (as of the ear or vagina)
EtymologyIts origin is early 17th century from French, from vestibulum.
Vestibule or Vestibulum can have the following meanings, each primarily based upon a common origin, from early 17th century French, derived from Latin vestibulum, -i n. "entrance court".
AnatomyIn general, vestibule is a small space or cavity at the beginning of a canal.
- The vulval vestibule is the anatomical name for the entrance to the vagina (it is the boundary between the external genitalia (vulva) and internal genitalia (vagina), where the Bartholin's glands are located).
- The nasal vestibule is the anatomical name for the nostrils. It is simply lined with an extension of skin epithelium. The nasal cavity on the other hand, is lined with respiratory epithelium.
- The vestibule of the ear refers to the central part of the labyrinth, as used in the vestibular system.
- The vestibule of the larynx is between the epiglottis and rima glottidis.
- The aortic vestibule is the part of the left ventricle of the heart just below the aortic valve.
- The vestibule of mouth
ArchitectureSee: Vestibule (architecture)
- a large entrance
- a lobby, entrance hall, or passage between the outer door and the interior of a building
- an enclosed area between two rail cars
- a reception area
- a footstool
- a toilet
- a bar-stool
- an antechamber
- an entry room
- a laundry shoot in an American apartment building
- a passageway acting as an airlock between two environments
- a covered section between the outer opening and inner opening of a tent, typically used for the storage of boots, packs and small equipment.
- Vestibule (in Architecture) Catholic Encyclopedia article
vestibule in Czech: Vestibul
vestibule in German: Vestibül
vestibule in French: Vestibule
vestibule in Italian: Vestibolo
vestibule in Polish: Westybul
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