[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.

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 fold


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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epicanthic fold in Medicine

epicanthic fold



A fold of skin of the upper eyelid that partially covers the inner corner of the eye.epicanthus palpebronasal fold
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epicanthic fold in Science

epicanthic fold

[ĕp′ĭ-kănthĭk]epicanthal fold (ĕp′ĭ-kănthəl)

A fold of skin of the upper eyelid that partially covers the inner corner of the eye.
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