[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.

Origin of canthus

1640–50; < New Latin, Latin < Greek kanthós; cf. cant2
Related formscan·thal, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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noun plural -thi (-ˌθaɪ)
  1. the inner or outer corner or angle of the eye, formed by the natural junction of the eyelids
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.
Related formscanthal (-thəl) adj.
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