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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Scaphium: a ventral process of the 10th abdominal segment in male Lepidoptera below the uncus.
The olfactory and gustatory centres are situated in the uncus close to the pituitary fossa.
Greek, ; Latin, uncus, ferramentum quo in sectione calculus protrahitur.
Eventually it ends in the substance of the hippocampus and in the uncus of the temporal lobe.
The uncus, and subiculum cornu ammonis of the human brain, belong to it.
British Dictionary definitions for uncus
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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n. pl. un•ci (ŭn′sī)
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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