[ep-i-kan-thuh s]

noun, plural ep·i·can·thi [ep-i-kan-thahy, -thee] /ˌɛp ɪˈkæn θaɪ, -θi/. Anatomy.

a fold of skin extending from the eyelid over the inner canthus of the eye, common among Mongoloid peoples.

Nearby words

  1. epic hero,
  2. epic machinery,
  3. epic simile,
  4. epicalyx,
  5. epicanthic fold,
  6. epicardia,
  7. epicardium,
  8. epicarp,
  9. epicaste,
  10. epicedium

Origin of epicanthus

From New Latin, dating back to 1860–65; see origin at epi-, canthus

Also called epicanthic fold, eyefold.

Related formsep·i·can·thic, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for epicanthic


noun plural -thi (-θaɪ)

a fold of skin extending vertically over the inner angle of the eye: characteristic of Mongolian peoples and a congenital anomaly among other racesAlso called: epicanthic fold
Derived Formsepicanthic, adjective

Word Origin for epicanthus

C19: New Latin, from epi- + Latin canthus corner of the eye, from Greek kanthos

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