Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Tapering at each end; spindle-shaped.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Shaped like a spindle; tapering at each end.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Shaped like a spindle; shaped like a cylinder that tapers at each end

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Tapering both ways from the middle: applied in botany to certain roots, as the radish, and in zoölogy to joints, organs, marks, etc., which are broadest in the middle and diminish regularly and rapidly to the ends.
  • In ichthyology, having the dorsal and ventral contours symmetrical, and approximated to each other from a middle point toward each end, as the mackerel, tunny, and stickle back. Also fusate, fusoid.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. tapering at each end

Etymologies

Latin fūsus, spindle + -form.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin fusus ("spindle") + -iform. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And that process of identification takes place in a place which we call the fusiform gyrus which as we have seen is damaged in patients with face blindness or prosopognosia ...

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  • Researchers still can't pinpoint the cause, but say it's most likely linked to an area of the brain called the fusiform gyrus, which shows activity in response to seeing faces.

    CNN Transcript Feb 6, 2007

  • And if you look, tucked away inside the inner surface of the temporal lobes -- you can't see it there -- is a little structure called the fusiform gyrus.

    VS Ramachandran on your mind

  • There are in fact 30 areas in the back of your brain concerned with just vision, and after processing all that, the message goes to a small structure called the fusiform gyrus, where you perceive faces.

    VS Ramachandran on your mind

  • Researchers still can't pinpoint the cause but say it's most likely linked to an area of the brain called the fusiform gyrus, which shows activity in response to seeing faces.

    CNN Transcript Feb 6, 2007

  • Until recently, it was thought that the condition only arose after brain injury - usually because of damage to an area of the brain known as the fusiform gyrus.

    Mind Hacks: Fading faces

  • A bit ahead of this is a region in the temporal lobe called the fusiform face area, which seems to be more heavily involved in processing the overall configuration of facial features - the nose in relation to the eyes and mouth - and otherwise representing the identity of a face as a whole.

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  • According to Ramachandran, when we see someone we know, a part of our brain called the fusiform gyrus identifies the face: "That looks like mom!"

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  • People who develop the condition later in life have usually suffered a stroke or an injury in a brain region important for facial recognition called the fusiform gyrus, says

    New Scientist - Online News

  • In addition to weeds, Prior and Runion also saw effects on disease and insect pests, such as fusiform rust and the red headed pine sawfly.

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