noun (plural fornices /-nəˌsēz/)Anatomy
1A vaulted or arched structure in the body, in particular.
- The fornices should be palpated around the cervix for nodules suggestive of endometriosis, and may also be the etiology for fixed adnexa or may result from pelvic inflammatory disease.
- The lateral fornices may be lavaged without manipulation by directing the stream into them.
- Excessively large implants may also compromise the fornices and possibly limit motility.
1.1 (also fornix cerebri /ˈserəˌbrī/ /ˈkerəˌbrē/) A triangular area of white matter in the mammalian brain between the hippocampus and the hypothalamus.
- The septum pellucidum stretches across the interval between the genu of the corpus collosum and the columns of the fornix, separating the frontal horns of the two lateral ventricles.
- Between the two crura of the fornix is a white, triangular lamina, known as the fornical commissure.
- The fornix, mamillary bodies, and part of the anterior commissure can also be seen.
Late 17th century: from Latin, literally 'arch, vaulted chamber'.
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