Definition of pyriform in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpɪrɪfɔːm/
(also piriform)


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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