[ kyoo-nee-uh-fawrm, kyoo-nee-uh- ]
/ kyuˈni əˌfɔrm, ˈkyu ni ə- /


having the form of a wedge; wedge-shaped.
composed of slim triangular or wedge-shaped elements, as the characters used in writing by the ancient Akkadians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, and others.
written in cuneiform characters: cuneiform inscription.
Anatomy. noting or pertaining to any of various wedge-shaped bones, as of the tarsus.


cuneiform characters or writing.
a cuneiform bone.
Also cuniform.

Origin of cuneiform

1670–80; < Latin cune(us) a wedge + -i- + -form Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cuneiform

/ (ˈkjuːnɪˌfɔːm) /


Also: cuneal wedge-shaped
of, relating to, or denoting the wedge-shaped characters employed in the writing of several ancient languages of Mesopotamia and Persia, esp Sumerian, Babylonian, etc
of or relating to a tablet in which this script is employed
of or relating to any of the three tarsal bones


cuneiform characters or writing
any one of the three tarsal bones

Word Origin for cuneiform

C17: probably from Old French cunéiforme, from Latin cuneus wedge
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Medicine definitions for cuneiform

[ kyōōnē-ə-fôrm′, kyōō-nē- ]


Of, relating to, or being a wedge-shaped bone or cartilage.


A wedge-shaped bone, especially one of three such bones of the foot.
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