fusiform

adjective

fu·​si·​form ˈfyü-zə-ˌfȯrm How to pronounce fusiform (audio)
: tapering toward each end
fusiform bacteria

Examples of fusiform in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The researchers found that kids who were victims of bullying had a thicker cortex in the fusiform gyrus compared to kids who didn’t have any bullying problems. Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, Discover Magazine, 5 Sep. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

borrowed from New Latin fūsifōrmis, from Latin fūsus "spindle" (of obscure origin) + -i- -i- + -fōrmis -form

First Known Use

1746, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fusiform was in 1746

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Cite this Entry

“Fusiform.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fusiform. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Medical Definition

fusiform

adjective
fu·​si·​form ˈfyü-zə-ˌfȯrm How to pronounce fusiform (audio)
: tapering toward each end
fusiform bacteria
a fusiform aneurysm
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