[ ep-i-kan-thuhs ]

noun,plural ep·i·can·thi [ep-i-kan-thahy, -thee]. /ˌɛp ɪˈkæn θaɪ, -θi/. Anatomy.
  1. a fold of skin extending from the eyelid over the inner canthus of the eye, common among Asian populations.

Origin of epicanthus

From New Latin, dating back to 1860–65; see origin at epi-, canthus
  • Also called epicanthic fold, eyefold.

Other words from epicanthus

  • ep·i·can·thic, adjective

Words Nearby epicanthus

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British Dictionary definitions for epicanthus


/ (ˌɛpɪˈkænθəs) /

nounplural -thi (-θaɪ)
  1. a fold of skin extending vertically over the inner angle of the eye: characteristic of Mongolian peoples and a congenital anomaly among other races: Also called: epicanthic fold

Origin of epicanthus

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

Derived forms of epicanthus

  • epicanthic, adjective

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