Definition of pyriform in English:


Syllabification: pyr·i·form
Pronunciation: /ˈpirəˌfôrm


Anatomy & Biology
  • Pear-shaped: the pyriform fossa
    More example sentences
    • The bolus passes from the vallecula into the piriform sinuses, before entering the esophagus.
    • In normal persons, small amounts of food are commonly retained in the valleculae or pyriform sinus after swallowing.
    • A pocket was dissected over the piriform aperture.


mid 18th century: from modern Latin pyriformis, from pyrum (misspelling of pirum 'pear') + -iform.

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