[ suhl-kuh s ]
/ ˈsʌl kəs /

noun, plural sul·ci [suhl-sahy] /ˈsʌl saɪ/.

a furrow or groove.
Anatomy. a groove or fissure, especially a fissure between two convolutions of the brain.

Nearby words

  1. sukkur,
  2. sukuk,
  3. sukuma,
  4. sulawesi,
  5. sulcate,
  6. sulcus of sclera,
  7. suleiman,
  8. suleiman i,
  9. sulf-,
  10. sulfa

Origin of sulcus

1655–65; Latin: furrow

Related formssub·sul·cus, noun, plural sub·sul·ci. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sulci


/ (ˈsʌlkəs) /

noun plural -ci (-saɪ)

a linear groove, furrow, or slight depression
any of the narrow grooves on the surface of the brain that mark the cerebral convolutionsCompare fissure

Word Origin for sulcus

C17: from Latin

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Word Origin and History for sulci



plural sulci, Latin, literally "furrow, trench, ditch, wrinkle."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for sulci


[ sŭlkəs ]

n. pl. sul•ci (-kī, -sī)

Any of the grooves on the brain surface, bounding the gyri; a fissure.
A long narrow groove or depression, as in an organ or a tissue.
Related formssulcal adj.

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