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[kan-thuh s]
noun, plural can·thi [kan-thahy] /ˈkæn θaɪ/. Anatomy.
  1. the angle or corner on each side of the eye, formed by the junction of the upper and lower lids.
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Origin of canthus

1640–50; < New Latin, Latin < Greek kanthós; cf. cant2
Related formscan·thal, adjective
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Historical Examples of canthus

  • When the Canthus takes a little angle or sinus out of the eye.

    An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. IV (of 4)

    William Kirby

  • An incision is made outwards and slightly upwards from the canthus.

  • And there Canthus was killed while he was trying to drive off sheep, by a stone which a herdsman threw.

  • A delicately dotted black line runs on the canthus rostralis from the opening of the nose to the corner of the eye.

  • In recently metamorphosed young the snout is more rounded than in adults; the canthus and loreal concavity are not evident.

British Dictionary definitions for canthus


noun plural -thi (-ˌθaɪ)
  1. the inner or outer corner or angle of the eye, formed by the natural junction of the eyelids
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Derived Formscanthal, adjective

Word Origin for canthus

C17: from New Latin, from Latin: iron tyre
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canthus in Medicine


n. pl. can•thi (-thī′)
  1. The angle formed by the meeting of the upper and lower eyelids at either side of the eye.
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Related formscanthal (-thəl) adj.
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