American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A sickle-shaped anatomical structure.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A metal implement, of a form suitable for a pruning-hook, sometimes found among ancient remains.
- n. In anatomy, something which is falcate or falciform; specifically, a fold of the dura mater separating parts of the brain. See falx cerebri and falx cerebelli, below.
- n. In herpetology, one of the poison-fangs of a serpent: so called from its shape: generally used in the plural.
- n. In entomology, one of the jointed appendages under the front of a spider's cephalothorax, used to seize and kill its prey. It consists of two parts, the base and the pointed and curved fang, which folds down in a groove of the base. A duct runs through both joints, opening at the tip of the fang, and is connected with a poison-gland in the cephalothorax. The falces are also called
cheliceræand, incorrectly, mandibles. In some species the two organs are united. The term is extended to the similar or corresponding mouth-parts of other arachnidans.
- n. In echinoderms, a rotula; one of the mouth-parts of a sea-urchin. See cut under Echinoidea.
- n. A certain grip or trick in wrestling.
- n. a short Roman sword that resembles a sickle
- n. anatomy A curved fold or process of the dura mater or the peritoneum, especially one of the partition-like folds of the dura mater which extend into the great fissures of the brain.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Anat.) A curved fold or process of the dura mater or the peritoneum; esp., one of the partitionlike folds of the dura mater which extend into the great fissures of the brain.
- From Latin (Wiktionary)
- Latin, sickle. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“We observe that it has convolutions, just like the exterior surface, which do not join across the median line, but are separated from those of the left hemisphere by a firm membrane (an extension of the dura mater or principal investing membrane) called the falx, which is removed, leaving the convolutions in view.”
“Calcification of a part of the brain known as the falx cerebri”
“Lateral to the falx is a ligamentous band connected with the lower margin of the Transversus and extending down in front of the inferior epigastric artery to the superior ramus of the pubis; it is termed the interfoveolar ligament of Hesselbach (Fig. 398) and sometimes contains a few muscular fibers.”
“The analogy is with crusader, from crux, cross; falsader, from falx, crescent, is then a good match.”
“Along the Drakensberg slopes and plateau, grass species include Monocymbium ceresiiforme, Diheteropogon filifolius, Sporobolus centrifugus, Harpochloa falx, Rendia altera, Cymbopogon dieterlenii, and Eulalia villosa.”
“*To make a flax egg, grind 1 tablespoon of golden falx seeds in a mortar and pestle.”
“Fax prompted no fewer than thirty-three suggested alternatives, mc\uAmgfab, fays, feats, fuzz, feaze, phase, and at least two more that are unknown to lexicography: falx and phase.”
“The dura-matral falx; A*, its attachment to the tentorium.”
“Between this septum and the falx an interval occurs, and through it the crural hernia usually descends.”
“The dura mater was in a sound state, but the pia mater was full of blood and lymph; on it several hydatids, and towards the falx some marks of suppuration were observed.”
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