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

First recorded in 1700–10, cuboid is from the Greek word kyboeidḗs cubelike. See cube1, -oid
Related formssub·cu·boid, adjectivesub·cu·boi·dal, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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 cuboidal



"cube-like," 1829, a modern coinage; see cube (n.) + -oid.

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cuboidal in Medicine




Having the approximate shape of a cube.


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.
Related formscu•boidal (kyōō-boidl) adj.
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