from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Shaped like a funnel.
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- adj. having the shape of a funnel
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having the form of a funnel or cone; funnel-shaped.
- adj. Same as Funnelform.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having the form of a funnel; funnel-shaped.
- Specifically— In botany, having the form of a tube enlarging gradually upward and spreading widely at the summit: said of a gamopetalous corolla, as that of a morning-glory.
- In entomology, applied to joints of the antennæ, etc., when the basal part is cylindrical or nearly so, and the apical part gradually increases in diameter: distinguished from crateriform. Also infundibular, infundibulate.
“Étude Medico-régale sur les Attentats aux Mœurs,” and Dr. Adolph note a peculiar infundibuliform disposition of the
Hypogastric artery -- internal iliac artery; the inner branch of an iliac artery that conducts blood to the gluteal region. infundibuliform
The sheath of the femoral vessels, like that of the spermatic cord, is infundibuliform.
Immediately above the middle of Poupart's ligament, this membrane, at the point marked h, Plate 30, is pouched into a canal-shaped elongation, which invests the spermatic vessels as far as the testicle in the scrotum; and to this elongation is given the names "fascia spermatica interna" (Cooper), "fascia infundibuliform" (Cloquet).
If, on the other hand, the intestine dilates the serous membrane at the point, 1, where it stretches across the internal ring, it will, on entering the fibrous tube, (infundibuliform fascia,) be found invested by a sac of the peritonaeum, which it dilates and pouches before itself.
Thus, as the infundibuliform fascia, 2, 3, contains the hernia and spermatic vessels, so does the cremaster muscle, extending from the lower margins of the internal oblique and transversalis, invest them also in an infundibuliform manner.
When the serous canal contracts and degenerates to the form of a simple cord, it leaves the fibrous canal still continuous above with the fibrous membrane (transversalis fascia) of the abdomen, and below with the fibrous envelope (tunica albuginea) of the testis; and at the adult period, this fibrous canal is known as the internal spermatic sheath, or infundibuliform fascia enclosing the remains of the serous canal, together with the spermatic vessels, &c.
These structures are severally infundibuliform processes, so fashioned by the original descent of the testicle; and, therefore, as the bowel follows the track of the testicle, it becomes, of course, invested by the selfsame parts in the selfsame manner.
In the adult, we recognise this fibrous tube as the infundibuliform fascia of the cord, or as forming the fascia propria of an external inguinal hernia.
Slackia of Cuttackboom has white infundibuliform bilabiate flowers, tubo brevi, deorsum leniter curvato, lobo medio labii inferioris reliquis minore, lab.super. intus biplicato, plicis sursum convergentibus, stam. quinto valde rudimentario, antheris apice cohaerentibus.
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