fusiform

[fyoo-zuh-fawrm]

adjective

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

Origin of fusiform

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

acuminate, taper, wedged, conical, acuminous, fusiform, pyramidal

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British Dictionary definitions for fusiform

fusiform

adjective

elongated and tapering at both ends; spindle-shaped

Word Origin for fusiform

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

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

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fusiform in Medicine

fusiform

[fyōōzə-fôrm′]

adj.

Tapering at each end; spindle-shaped.
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