Definition of canthus in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkanTHəs/

noun (plural canthi /-ˌTHī/ /-ˌTHē/)

The outer or inner corner of the eye, where the upper and lower lids meet.
Example sentences
  • Systemic effects from eye drops can be reduced by occlusion of the punctum (finger pressed on the caruncle, which is felt as a lump at the inner canthus of the eye) or shutting the eyes for several minutes after putting in the drops.
  • A 25-year-old male presented himself to our outpatient department with increasing non-painful swelling below the medial canthus of the right eye since six months.
  • Features of a severe case include palpebral redness and swelling, obvious congestion of bulbar conjunctiva possibly accompanied with petechial hemorrhages and increase of mucus secretions at the inner canthus.



Pronunciation: /ˈkanTHik/


Mid 17th century: from Latin, from Greek kanthos.

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Syllabification: can·thus

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