A body orifice
is any external opening in the body of an animal. In a typical mammalian
body such as the human body
, the body orifices are:
- The nostrils, for breathing and the associated sense of smell.
- The eyes, for the sense of sight and crying.
- The mouth, for eating, breathing, and vocalizations such as speech.
- The ear canals, for the sense of hearing.
- The anus, for defecation.
- The urethra, for urination, and, in males, ejaculation.
- In females, the vagina, for sexual intercourse, menstruation and childbirth.
- Orifices of nipples
- Orifices of sweat glands
- Navel or belly button left over from placental mammals after birth.
Other animals may have some other body orifices: