fornix

noun for·nix \ ˈfȯr-niks \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of fornix

plural fornices play \ˈfȯr-nə-ˌsēz\
: an anatomical arch or fold: such as
a : the junction where the conjunctiva lining the eyelid meets the conjunctiva overlying the sclera
b : a body of nerve fibers lying beneath the corpus callosum with which they are continuous posteriorly and serving to integrate the hippocampus with other parts of the brain
c : the vaulted upper part of the vagina surrounding the uterine cervix

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Origin and Etymology of fornix

New Latin, from Latin


Medical Dictionary

fornix

noun for·nix \ ˈfȯr-niks \

medical Definition of fornix

plural fornices play \-nə-ˌsēz\
: an anatomical arch or fold: as
a : the vault of the cranium
b : the junction where the conjunctiva lining the eyelid meets the conjunctiva overlying the sclera
c : a body of nerve fibers lying beneath the corpus callosum with which they are continuous posteriorly and serving to integrate the hippocampus with other parts of the brain
d : the vaulted upper part of the vagina surrounding the uterine cervix
e : the fundus of the stomach
f : the vault of the pharynx

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