[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. unctuously,
  2. uncultivated,
  3. unculture,
  4. uncultured,
  5. uncurl,
  6. uncustomary,
  7. uncut,
  8. und so weiter,
  9. undamaged,
  10. undamped

Origin of uncus

1820–30; < New Latin, Latin: literally, hook

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Examples from the Web for unci

  • 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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