Also cu·boi·dal. resembling a cube in form.
Anatomy. noting or pertaining to the outermost bone of the distal row of tarsal bones.
Mathematics. a rectangular parallelepiped.
Anatomy. the cuboid bone.
Origin of cuboid
Related formssub·cu·boid, adjectivesub·cu·boi·dal, adjective
First recorded in 1700–10, cuboid
is from the Greek
cubelike. See cube1
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Examples from the Web for cuboid
Historical Examples of cuboid
The cuboid is small; the scaphoid is large, and flattened from above downwards.
The foot in the Dwarf-Lemurs is long, on account of the elongation of two of its ankle-bones (the cuboid and the naviculare).
Note, in a cross-section, that there are small ovoid or cuboid cells at the bases of the large ectoderm cells.
In the former the calcic scales and crystals are distinct and quite as in L. tigrinum; in the latter they are cuboid, irregular.
The distal row of the tarsus has four bones, three cuneiforms and a cuboid.
British Dictionary definitions for cuboid
adjective Also: cuboidal (kjuːˈbɔɪdəl)
shaped like a cube; cubic
of or denoting the cuboid bone
the cubelike bone of the foot; the outer distal bone of the tarsus
maths a geometric solid whose six faces are rectangles; rectangular parallelepiped
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Word Origin and History for cuboid
"cube-like," 1829, a modern coinage; see cube (n.) + -oid.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Having the approximate shape of a cube.
Related formscu•boi′dal (kyōō-boid′l) adj.
A tarsal bone on the outer side of the foot, articulating in front with the calcaneus and lateral cuneiform, and behind with the fourth and fifth metatarsal bones.
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