[ 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.
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Origin of fornix
1675–85; < Latin: vault, arch
OTHER WORDS FROM fornixfor·ni·cal, adjective
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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 of fornixfornical, adjective
Word Origin for fornix
C17: from Latin; see fornicate ²
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Medical definitions for fornical
[ fôr′nĭks ]
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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