[ fawr-niks ]
/ ˈfɔr nɪks /

noun, plural for·ni·ces [fawr-nuh-seez] /ˈfɔr nəˌsiz/. Anatomy.

any of various arched or vaulted structures, as an arching fibrous formation in the brain.

Origin of fornix

1675–85; < Latin: vault, arch

Related forms

for·ni·cal, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for fornical


/ (ˈfɔːnɪks) /

noun plural -nices (-nɪˌsiːz)

anatomy any archlike structure, esp the arched band of white fibres at the base of the brain

Derived Forms

fornical, adjective

Word Origin for fornix

C17: from Latin; see fornicate ²
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Medicine definitions for fornical


[ fôrnĭks ]

n. pl. for•ni•ces (-nĭ-sēz′)

An arch-shaped structure, especially the arch-shaped roof of an anatomical space.
The compact bundle of white fiber by which the hippocampus of each cerebral hemisphere projects to the opposite hippocampus and to the septum, the anterior nucleus of the thalamus, and the mamillary body.
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