fornix

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See also: fórnix

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Borrowing from Latin fornix (an arch, vault).

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fornix (plural fornices)

  1. (anatomy) An archlike or vaulted structure or fold:
    1. The junction where the conjunctiva lining the eyelid meets the conjunctiva overlying the sclera.
    2. (neuroanatomy) A triangular area of white matter in the mammalian brain beneath the corpus callosum and between the hippocampus and the hypothalamus.
    3. The vaulted upper part of the vagina surrounding the uterine cervix.

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fornix m (genitive fornicis); third declension

  1. (literally) an arch, vault; (poetic) the arch of the heaven
  2. a brothel, bagnio, stew (situated in a cellar)
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Inflection[edit]

Third-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative fornix fornicēs
Genitive fornicis fornicum
Dative fornicī fornicibus
Accusative fornicem fornicēs
Ablative fornice fornicibus
Vocative fornix fornicēs

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  • fornix in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • fornix in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • fornix in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
  • fornix in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • fornix in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • fornix in Ramminger, Johann (accessed 16 July 2016) Neulateinische Wortliste: Ein Wörterbuch des Lateinischen von Petrarca bis 1700[1], pre-publication website, 2005-2016
  • fornix in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin