[kawr-noo, -nyoo]
noun, plural cor·nu·a [kawr-noo-uh, -nyoo-uh] /ˈkɔr nu ə, -nyu ə/.
  1. a horn, especially a bony part that resembles a horn.

Origin of cornu

1685–95; < Latin: horn; akin to Greek kéras (see cerat-), krāníon cranium
Related formscor·nu·al, adjectivesub·cor·nu·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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noun plural -nua (-njʊə)
  1. anatomy a part or structure resembling a horn or having a hornlike pattern, such as a cross section of the grey matter of the spinal cord
Derived Formscornual, adjective

Word Origin for cornu

C17: from Latin: a horn
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cornu in Medicine


n. pl. cor•nu•a (-nōō-ə)
  1. A part or structure, such as a protuberance, that is composed of a horny substance.
  2. horn
Related formscornu•al adj.
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