epicanthus

epicanthus

[ep-i-kan-thuhs]
noun, plural epicanthi [ep-i-kan-thahy, -thee] . Anatomy.
a fold of skin extending from the eyelid over the inner canthus of the eye, common among Mongoloid peoples.
Also called epicanthic fold, eyefold.


Origin:
1860–65; < Neo-Latin; see epi-, canthus

epicanthic, adjective
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epicanthus (ˌɛpɪˈkænθəs)
 
n , pl -thi
Also called: epicanthic fold a fold of skin extending vertically over the inner angle of the eye: characteristic of Mongolian peoples and a congenital anomaly among other races
 
[C19: New Latin, from epi- + Latin canthus corner of the eye, from Greek kanthos]
 
epi'canthic
 
adj

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