Definition of fusiform in English:


Line breaks: fu¦si|form
Pronunciation: /ˈfjuːzɪfɔːm


Botany & Zoology
  • Tapering at both ends; spindle-shaped: a fusiform elongated body
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    • The bodies of catsharks are fusiform (cylindrical, tapering at the ends) to slightly depressed.
    • Labellar papillae show greater diversity, and may be conical, obpyriform, villiform, fusiform or clavate.
    • The most conspicuous features of these elongate fusiform actinopterygians consist of one or two rows of anamestic supraorbital bones, a mosaic of suborbitals, and the presence of two rows of extrascapulars in one species.


mid 18th century: from Latin fusus 'spindle' + -iform.

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