Definition of Epicanthus

1. Noun. A vertical fold of skin over the nasal canthus; normal for Mongolian peoples; sometimes occurs in Down's syndrome.

Exact synonyms: Epicanthic Fold
Group relationships: Eye, Oculus, Optic
Generic synonyms: Fold, Plica

Definition of Epicanthus

1. Noun. (anatomy) A skin fold of the upper eyelid, typical to East Asians. ¹

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Definition of Epicanthus

1. [n -CANTHI]

Medical Definition of Epicanthus

1. A fold of skin that comes down across the inner angle of the eye. The epicanthal fold is more common in children with Down syndrome and other birth defects than normal children and so is of value in diagnosis. Although some dictionaries state that this eye fold is found in peoples of Asian origin, this is not true. The normal Asian eyefold is continuous with the lower edge of the upper eyelid and actually appears distinctly different than a true epicanthal fold. (12 Dec 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Epicanthus

epic fail
epic fails
epic poem
epic poetry
epicanthal fold
epicanthic fold
epicanthus (current term)
epicanthus palpebralis
epicanthus supraciliaris
epicanthus tarsalis
epicardial fat sign

Literary usage of Epicanthus

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Transactions of the American Ophthalmological Society Annual Meeting by American Ophthalmological Society (1897)
"An operation for the relief of congenital ptosis and epicanthus had been made ... The old Von Ammon operation for the epicanthus and a liberal excision of ..."

2. Text-book of Ophthalmology by Ernst Fuchs, Alexander Duane (1899)
"Higher degrees of epicanthus, which persist all through life, must be regarded as a malformation, and are sometimes found in connection with other ..."

3. A Practical Treatise on the Diseases of Children by Alfred Vogel (1873)
"By epicanthus is understood an unsightly gathering of integument in the ... epicanthus is always congenital and bilateral, but it may be larger on one side ..."

4. A Practical treatise on the diseases of the eye by William Mackenzie, Thomas Wharton Jones (1855)
"It is seldom, however, that epicanthus impedes the movements of the eyelids so much as to render any operation necessary. ..."

5. An Essay on the malformations and congenital diseases of the organs of sight by William Robert Wilde, Sir William Robert Wills Wilde (1862)
"epicanthus may occur in one or both eyes together ; generally, however, in the latter form. The accompanying sketch, from a drawing by Dr. Adel- mann, ..."

6. A System of surgery v.2: Pathological, Diagnostic, Therapeutic, and Operative by Samuel David Gross (1872)
"The treatment of epicanthus, as this affection is called, is entirely limited to the excision of the central portion of the redundant integument, ..."

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