Definition of cornu in English:


Syllabification: cor·nu
Pronunciation: /ˈkôrn(y)o͞o

noun (plural cornua /-n(y)o͞oə/)

  • 1A structure with a shape likened to a horn, in particular.
  • 1.1A horn-shaped projection of the thyroid cartilage or of certain bones (such as the hyoid and the coccyx).
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    • Further, they state that the inferior cornu of the thyroid cartilage is the best guide to the site of entry of the nerve into the larynx.
    • The upper horns meet the back of the hyoid bone, while the inferior cornua are attached to the side of the cricoid, forming a pivotal joint.
  • 1.2Either of the two lateral cavities of the uterus, into which the Fallopian tubes pass.
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    • The tumor formed a large fungating mass over the right posterior wall of the uterus, extending from the level of the right cornu to the endocervix, and laterally to the right broad ligament.
    • The uterus measured 9.0 cm from fundus to cervix, 6.5 cm from cornu to cornu, and 3.0 cm from anterior to posterior.
  • 1.3Each of three elongated parts of the lateral ventricles of the brain.



Pronunciation: /-n(y)o͞oəl/
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  • Left cornual resection was carried out in the present case without immediate or long-term complication.
  • The cornual implantation will have endometrium around it, the interstitial one will not.
  • Early and accurate diagnosis of cornual ectopic pregnancy is critical, since rupture can cause sudden catastrophic bleeding.


late 17th century: from Latin, 'horn'.

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