EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun, plural for·ni·ces . [ fawr-n uh-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
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Allusion has already been made to the
fornices under the circus.
fornices, at last became synonymous with lupanar, and we have borrowed from it our generic word fornication.
These arcade dens were called "
fornices," from which comes our generic fornication. British Dictionary definitions for fornices 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
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Word Origin and History for fornices n.
1680s, from Latin
fornix "arch, vaulted chamber" (see fornication).
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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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