fusiform
adjective Etymology: Latin fusus spindle Date: 1746 tapering toward each end <
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  • Fusiform — means having a spindle like shape that is wide in the middle and tapers at both ends.* Aneurysms can be classified as saccular or fusiform * In botany, a fusiform cell or other plant structure is spindle like and tapers at both ends * A body… …   Wikipedia

  • fusiform — FUSIFÓRM, Ă, fusiformi, e, adj. Care are formă de fus1 (I 1). [var.: fuzifórm, ă adj.] – Din fr. fusiforme. Trimis de ana zecheru, 14.05.2004. Sursa: DEX 98  fusifórm adj. m., pl. fusifórmi; …   Dicționar Român

  • Fusiform — Fu si*form, a. [L. fusus spindle + form: cf. F. fusiforme.] Shaped like a spindle; shaped like a cylinder that tapers at each end; as, a fusiform root; a fusiform cell. Syn: cigar shaped. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fusiform — spindle shaped, 1746, from L. fusus “spindle” (see FUSE (Cf. fuse) (n.)) + FORM (Cf. form) …   Etymology dictionary

  • fusiform — [fyo͞o′zi fôrm΄, fyo͞o′sifôm΄] adj. [< L fusus, a spindle + FORM] rounded, broadest in the middle, and tapering toward each end; spindle shaped …   English World dictionary

  • Fusiform — Formed like a spindle, wider in the middle and tapering toward the ends. An aneurysm may be fusiform. The word “fusiform” comes from the Latin “fusus” meaning “spindle.” * * * Spindle shaped; tapering at both ends. [L. fusus, a spindle, + forma,… …   Medical dictionary

  • Fusiform — Als fusiforme Zelle (von lat. fusus „Spindel“ und forma „Form“) bezeichnet man allgemein eine spindel oder lanzettenförmige Zelle mit zugespitzten Enden. Im Nervensystem sind dies spindelförmige Nervenzellen mit polarisierter Ausbreitung der… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • fusiform — spindle shaped; tapering at both ends in a streamlined fashion, e.g. Salmonidae, Scombridae …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • fusiform — adj. [L. fusus, spindle; forma, shape] 1. Spindleshaped, tapering almost equally toward both ends. 2. (MOLLUSCA: Gastropoda) Of or pertaining to univalves having a long canal and an equally long spire, tapering from the middle toward both ends …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • fusiform — Tapered at both ends, like a spindle though the current rarity of spindles makes this a somewhat unhelpful description …   Dictionary of molecular biology

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