AskDefine | Define fenestration

Dictionary Definition



1 the arrangement of windows in a building
2 surgical procedure that creates a new fenestra to the cochlea in order to restore hearing lost because of osteosclerosis

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  1. The arrangement of windows etc in a building.
  2. An opening in the surface of an organ etc; the surgical creation of such an opening, especially one in the bony part of the inner ear made to improve hearing.

Extensive Definition

The word fenestration finds its root in the Latin word for window, fenestra.
  • Products that fill openings in a building envelope, such as windows, doors, skylights, curtain walls, etc., designed to permit the passage of air, light, vehicles, or people.
  • With reference to people, the word defenestration refers to being thrown from a window.
  • The MyMac podcast at contains a regular segment by David Cohen entitled Fenestration, which discusses aspects of using Apple Macintosh computers in a world dominated by PCs running Microsoft Windows.
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