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or am·phi·coe·lous

[am-fuh-see-luh s]
adjective Anatomy, Zoology.
  1. concave on both sides, as the bodies of the vertebrae of fishes.
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Origin of amphicelous

First recorded in 1865–70, amphicelous is from the Greek word amphíkoilos hollow at both ends. See amphi-, -cele2, -ous
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Historical Examples of amphicoelous

  • The vertebrae are amphicoelous, and are generally well ossified.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

  • The end result is an amphicoelous or biconcave centrum in general appearance much like that of the Selachian.

  • The vertebrae are amphicoelous or sometimes nearly flat, and the notochord sometimes persists to some extent.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

  • The neck is long, the caudal vertebrae are amphicoelous, and from three to five vertebrae are fused together in the sacral region.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

British Dictionary definitions for amphicoelous


  1. (of the vertebrae of most fishes and some amphibians) concave at the anterior and posterior ends
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Word Origin for amphicoelous

C19: from amphi- + Greek koilos hollow
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