fornices

fornix

[fawr-niks]
noun, plural fornices [fawr-nuh-seez] . Anatomy.
any of various arched or vaulted structures, as an arching fibrous formation in the brain.

Origin:
1675–85; < Latin: vault, arch

fornical, adjective
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fornix (ˈfɔːnɪks)
 
n , pl -nices
anatomy any archlike structure, esp the arched band of white fibres at the base of the brain
 
[C17: from Latin; see fornicate²]
 
'fornical
 
adj

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fornix
1680s, from L. fornix arch, vaulted chamber (see fornication).
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fornix for·nix (fôr'nĭks)
n. pl. for·ni·ces (-nĭ-sēz')

  1. An arch-shaped structure, especially the arch-shaped roof of an anatomical space.

  2. The compact bundle of white fiber by which the hippocampus of each cerebral hemisphere projects to the opposite hippocampus and to the septum, the anterior nucleus of the thalamus, and the mamillary body.

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