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  1. spindle-shaped; rounded and tapering from the middle toward each end, as some roots.
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Origin of fusiform

1740–50; < Latin fūs(us) spindle + -i- + -form
Related formssub·fu·si·form, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • The root is fusiform and fleshy, and is the part most valued.

    The Conquest of Canada (Vol. 1 of 2)

    George Warburton

  • Bidentata has two denticles, fusiform and reddish-brown, as are all.

    Our British Snails

    John William Horsley

  • The heart is fusiform, and is divided by numerous constrictions into chambers.

    The Insect World

    Louis Figuier

  • Antenn slender, the club elongated, fusiform, and compressed.

  • Fusiform, like radishes, when thicker in the middle, tapering at both ends.

British Dictionary definitions for fusiform


  1. elongated and tapering at both ends; spindle-shaped
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Word Origin

C18: from Latin fūsus spindle
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Word Origin and History for fusiform


"spindle-shaped," 1746, from Latin fusus "spindle" (see fuse (n.)) + -form.

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fusiform in Medicine


  1. Tapering at each end; spindle-shaped.
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