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[kon-kav-i-tee] /kɒnˈkæv ɪ ti/
noun, plural concavities for 2.
the state or quality of being concave.
a concave surface or thing; cavity.
Origin of concavity
1350-1400; Middle English concavite < Late Latin concavitāt- (stem of concavitās). See con-, cave, -ity
Related forms
subconcavity, noun, plural subconcavities. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for concavity
  • The membrane is concave outward, and the point of deepest concavity-the umbo-is slightly below the center.
  • The lateral surface is convex in adaptation to the concavity of the corresponding half of the vault of the cranium.
  • The recurrent branches arise from the concavity of the deep volar arch.
  • Understand points of inflection as places where concavity changes.
British Dictionary definitions for concavity


noun (pl) -ties
the state or quality of being concave
a concave surface or thing; cavity
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Word Origin and History for concavity

c.1400, from Old French concavité "hollow, concavity" (14c.) or directly from Latin concavitatem (nominative concavitas), from Latin concavus "hollow" (see concave).

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concavity in Medicine

concavity con·cav·i·ty (kŏn-kāv'ĭ-tē)
A hollow or depression that is curved like the inner surface of a sphere.

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