helix [ hee-liks ] SHOW IPA / ˈhi lɪks / PHONETIC RESPELLING noun, plural hel·i·ces , [ hel- uh-seez] /ˈhɛl əˌsiz/ he·lix·es. a spiral. . Geometry the curve formed by a straight line drawn on a plane when that plane is wrapped around a cylindrical surface of any kind, especially a right circular cylinder, as the curve of a screw. Equation: x = a sinθ, y = a cosθ, z = b θ. . Architecture a spiral ornament. (in a Corinthian capital) either of two scrolls issuing from a cauliculus. Compare Corinthian. (def 2) . Anatomy the curved fold forming most of the rim of the external ear. RELATED WORDS screw
spiral Origin of helix 1555–65; < Latin: a spiral, a kind of ivy < Greek hélix anything twisted; compare helíssein to turn, twist, roll
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Maazel writes about a soon-to-be
Helix hostage, Anne-Janet, who was on “cancer furlough.”
The magnet being left in the
helix, the galvanometer needle came to rest, thus showing the absence of current.
helix of each ear of her child at birth was gone, for nearly or quite half an inch, as if cut purposely.
It contains a
helix valve (H) and the rotation of this is an indication that the air is circulating within the incubator.
Even the colour of some of the land shells, as that of
Helix nemoralis, is occasionally preserved.
The taste and smell in the Limaceans differ only very slightly from those organs in
Helix. British Dictionary definitions for helix noun plural helices ( ˈhɛlɪˌsiːz) or helixes a curve that lies on a cylinder or cone, at a constant angle to the line segments making up the surface; spiral a spiral shape or form the incurving fold that forms the margin of the external ear any terrestrial gastropod mollusc of the genus Helix, which includes the garden snail ( H. aspersa) Word Origin for helix
C16: from Latin, from Greek: spiral; probably related to Greek
helissein to twist
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Word Origin and History for helix n.
"a spiral thing," 1560s, from Latin
helix "spiral," from Greek helix (genitive helikos), related to eilein "to turn, twist, roll," from PIE *wel-ik-, from root *wel- "to turn, revolve" (see volvox).
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Medicine definitions for helix n. pl. he•lix•es A spiral form or structure. The folded rim of skin and cartilage around most of the outer ear. A three-dimensional curve that lies on a cylinder or cone, so that its angle to a plane perpendicular to the axis is constant.
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Science definitions for helix A three-dimensional spiral curve. In mathematical terms, a helix can be described as a curve turning about an axis on the surface of a cylinder or cone while rising at a constant upward angle from a base. Something, such as a strand of DNA, having a spiral shape.
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Culture definitions for helix
geometry, a three-dimensional spiral shape, resembling a spring.
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