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[ep-i-kan-thuh s] /ˌɛp ɪˈkæn θəs/
noun, plural epicanthi
[ep-i-kan-thahy, -thee] /ˌɛp ɪˈkæn θaɪ, -θi/ (Show IPA).
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 of epicanthus
1860-65; < New Latin; see epi-, canthus
Related forms
epicanthic, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for epicanthic


noun (pl) -thi (-θaɪ)
a fold of skin extending vertically over the inner angle of the eye: characteristic of Mongolian peoples and a congenital anomaly among other races Also called epicanthic fold
Derived Forms
epicanthic, adjective
Word Origin
C19: New Latin, from epi- + Latin canthus corner of the eye, from Greek kanthos
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Contemporary definitions for epicanthic

pertaining to the vertical fold of skin that can occur on the upper eyelid; also called epicanthal's 21st Century Lexicon
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