AskDefine | Define fusiform

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fusiform adj : tapering at each end [syn: spindle-shaped, cigar-shaped]

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  1. Shaped like a spindle; tapering at each end.


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Extensive Definition

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
  • Many species of water-dwelling animals have a fusiform body, eg fish and molluscs,
  • The fusiform gyrus is part of the temporal lobe of the brain
  • The fusiform face area (FFA) is a part of the human visual system which seems to specialize in facial recognition
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