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cuboid

Syllabification: cu·boid
Pronunciation: /ˈkyo͞oboid
 
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Definition of cuboid in English:

adjective

More or less cubic in shape: the school was a hideous cuboid erection of brick and glass
More example sentences
  • There are cuboid watermelons and giant tomatoes, as well as little vignette inserts punctuating the picture - a fruit fly, a strand of human DNA, a repulsive overbred lapdog framed in a prize-winning blue rosette.
  • Ankara State Security Court is a vast, cuboid slab of concrete.
  • Has anyone commented on just how cuboid his head is before?

noun

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1 Geometry A solid that has six rectangular faces at right angles to each other.
Example sentences
  • Reykjavik buildings, especially, seem to be total shapes: pyramids, prisms, intersecting glass and copper cuboids.
  • He didn't know how long he had been standing there, stacking the cuboids one on top of the other.
  • They describe the pedestal as an intentionally incomplete cuboid.
2 (also cuboid bone) Anatomy A squat tarsal bone on the outer side of the foot, articulating with the heel bone and the fourth and fifth metatarsals.
Example sentences
  • The anterior process of the calcaneus is a saddle-shaped bony protuberance that articulates with the cuboid.
  • It cuts the cuboid sulcus and the cuboid bone.
  • The foot can be divided into three anatomic regions: the hindfoot or rearfoot (talus and calcaneus); the midfoot (navicular bone, cuboid bone, and three cuneiform bones); and the forefoot (metatarsals and phalanges).

Origin

early 19th century: from modern Latin cuboides, from Greek kuboeidēs, from kubos (see cube).

Derivatives

cuboidal

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Pronunciation: /-ˌboidl/
adjective
Example sentences
  • The columnar or cuboidal biliary-type cells were pseudostratified and often contained mucin vacuoles.
  • As the cyst matures and moves posteriorly through the germarium, somatic cells move to surround each cyst to form a single-layered cuboidal epithelium.
  • The tumor cells were elongated and had the appearance of plump endothelial cells in the outer portion of the nests, while they attained cuboidal to polygonal epithelioid contours near the center.

Words that rhyme with cuboid

globoidgadoidtyphoid

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