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[kyoo-nee-uh s] /ˈkyu ni əs/
noun, plural cunei
[kyoo-nee-ahy] /ˈkyu niˌaɪ/ (Show IPA)
Anatomy. a wedge-shaped convolution on the medial surface of the occipital lobe of the cerebrum.
Entomology. a wedge-shaped segment of the corium of certain hemipterous insects.
Origin of cuneus
< Latin: wedge
Related forms
subcuneus, noun, plural subcunei. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for cunei


a small wedge-shaped area of the cerebral cortex
Word Origin
C19: from Latin cuneus wedge
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cunei in Medicine

cuneus cu·ne·us (kyōō'nē-əs)
n. pl. cu·ne·i (-nē-ī')
The region of the medial aspect of the occipital lobe of each cerebral hemisphere that is bounded by the parieto-occipital sulcus and the calcarine sulcus.

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