[ is-muh s ]
/ ˈɪs məs /
noun, plural isth·mus·es, isth·mi [is-mahy] /ˈɪs maɪ/.
a narrow strip of land, bordered on both sides by water, connecting two larger bodies of land.
Anatomy, Zoology. a connecting, usually narrow, part, organ, or passage, especially when joining structures or cavities larger than itself.
Ichthyology. the narrow fleshy area between the sides of the lower jaw of a fish.
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Origin of isthmus
1545–55; < Latin < Greek isthmós neck (of land)
OTHER WORDS FROM isthmusisth·moid, adjective
Words nearby isthmus
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British Dictionary definitions for isthmi
/ (ˈɪsməs) /
noun plural -muses or -mi (-maɪ)
a narrow strip of land connecting two relatively large land areas
- a narrow band of tissue connecting two larger parts of a structure
- a narrow passage connecting two cavities
Derived forms of isthmusisthmoid, adjective
Word Origin for isthmus
C16: from Latin, from Greek isthmos
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Medical definitions for isthmi
[ ĭs′məs ]
n. pl. isth•mus•es
A constriction or narrow passage connecting two larger parts of an organ or other anatomical structure.
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Scientific definitions for isthmi
[ ĭs′məs ]
Plural isthmuses isthmi (ĭs′mī′)
A narrow strip of land connecting two larger masses of land.
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Cultural definitions for isthmi
[ (is-muhs) ]
A narrow strip of land that connects two larger bodies of land and has water on both sides.
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