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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
From New Latin, dating back to 1860-65; See origin at epi-, canthus
Related forms
epicanthic, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for epicanthus


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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