Had a bit of sphincter chat last weekend. I was surprised at the sheer number of sphincters we have. I mean you only really think of the big dog.
A sphincter is a circular muscle that normally maintains constriction of a natural body passage or orifice and which relaxes as required by normal physiological functioning. Sphincters are found in many animals. There are over 60 types in the human body, some microscopically small, in particular the millions of precapillary sphincters. Sphincters relax at death, often releasing fluids and fæces.