Definition of isthmus in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈisməs/

noun (plural isthmuses)

1A narrow strip of land with sea on either side, forming a link between two larger areas of land.
Example sentences
  • Land routes are really old, especially through isthmuses.
  • The British arrived almost a century ago to build the railroad that slices across the isthmus, linking the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean.
  • Only one study to date has used calibration points from the fossil record to estimate the divergence of sister species distributed on both sides of the isthmus.
1.1 (plural isthmi /-mī/) Anatomy A narrow organ, passage, or piece of tissue connecting two larger parts.
Example sentences
  • Thoracic aortic injuries most often occur at the aortic isthmus in the majority of the cases.
  • It has 2 lobes, called the right lobe and the left lobe, joined by a narrow isthmus.
  • The cervix forms the lower third, connected by a narrow isthmus to the main muscular body of the uterus.


Mid 16th century: via Latin from Greek isthmos.

Words that rhyme with isthmus


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Syllabification: isth·mus

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