Origin of unciform

1725–35; < New Latin unciformis, equivalent to Latin unc(us) a hook, barb (cognate with Greek ónkos) + -i- -i- + -formis -form
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British Dictionary definitions for unciform


  1. anatomy zoology having the shape of a hook
  1. Also called: hamate bone anatomy any hook-shaped structure or part, esp a small bone of the wrist (unciform bone)

Word Origin for unciform

C18: from New Latin unciformis, from Latin uncus a hook
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unciform in Medicine


  1. Shaped like a hook.
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