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pyriform

[pir-uh-fawrm] /ˈpɪr əˌfɔrm/
adjective
Origin
1695-1705
1695-1705; < Neo-Latin pyriformis pear-shaped, equivalent to pyri- (for piri-; Latin pir(um) pear + -i- -i-) + -formis -form
Related forms
pseudopyriform, adjective
subpyriform, adjective
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Examples for pyriform
  • The nerve cells in the ganglia of the spinal nerves are pyriform in shape, and have each a single process.
  • They do not present any cross-striation, but contain a pyriform nucleus, which almost completely fills the cell.
British Dictionary definitions for pyriform

pyriform

/ˈpɪrɪˌfɔːm/
adjective
1.
(esp of organs of the body) pear-shaped
Word Origin
C18: from New Latin pyriformis, from pyri-, erroneously from Latin pirum pear + -formis -form
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