[ uhng-kuh s ]
/ ˈʌŋ kəs /

noun, plural un·ci [uhn-sahy] /ˈʌn saɪ/. Anatomy.

any hook-shaped or curved part of a body process, especially the hippocampal gyrus in the temporal lobe of the brain.

Origin of uncus

1820–30; < New Latin, Latin: literally, hook
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  • The unci are furnished with finger-like processes of teeth, which vary in number.

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British Dictionary definitions for unci


/ (ˈʌŋkəs) /

noun plural unci (ˈʌnsaɪ)

zoology anatomy a hooked part or process, as in the human cerebrum

Word Origin for uncus

C19: from Latin: hook
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Medicine definitions for unci


[ ŭngkəs ]

n. pl. un•ci (ŭn)

A hook-shaped part or process.
The anterior hooked extremity of the parahippocampal gyrus on the basomedial surface of the temporal lobe.uncinate gyrus
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