Pronunciation: (pāt'n-sē, pat'-), Strict Standards: Non-static method FenSites::linkTo() should not be called statically in /site/html/dictionary/patency.html on line 71 [key]
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.
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