fusiform

[fyoo-zuh-fawrm]
adjective
spindle-shaped; rounded and tapering from the middle toward each end, as some roots.

Origin:
1740–50; < Latin fūs(us) spindle + -i- + -form

subfusiform, adjective
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fusiform (ˈfjuːzɪˌfɔːm)
 
adj
elongated and tapering at both ends; spindle-shaped
 
[C18: from Latin fūsus spindle]

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fusiform
1746, from L. fusus spindle (see fuse (n.)) + -form.
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fusiform fu·si·form (fyōō'zə-fôrm')
adj.
Tapering at each end; spindle-shaped.

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The endothelium is of the same character as in the arteries, but its cells are more oval and less fusiform.
In an ordinary microscopic section, viewed by transmitted light, they appear as fusiform opaque spots.
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