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helix

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noun he·lix \ˈhē-liks\

Simple Definition of helix

  • : the shape formed by a line that curves around and along a central line

Full Definition of helix

plural he·li·ces play \ˈhe-lə-ˌsēz, ˈhē-\ also he·lix·es play \ˈhē-lik-səz\

  1. 1 :  something spiral in form: as a :  an ornamental volute b :  a coil formed by winding wire around a uniform tube

  2. 2 :  the incurved rim of the external ear

  3. 3 :  a curve traced on a cylinder or cone by the rotation of a point crossing its right sections at a constant oblique angle; broadly :  spiral 1b

Origin of helix

Latin, from Greek; akin to Greek eilyein to roll, wrap — more at voluble


First Known Use: 1563


Medical Dictionary

helix

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noun he·lix \ˈhē-liks\

Medical Definition of helix

plural he·li·ces \ˈhel-ə-ˌsēz, ˈhē-lə-\play play also he·lix·es \ˈhē-lik-səz\play

  1. 1:  the incurved rim of the external ear

  2. 2:  a curve traced on a cylinder by the rotation of a point crossing its right sections at a constant oblique angle; broadly :  spiral 2—see alpha-helix, double helix




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