- The definition of an epicanthus is a small fold of skin on the upper eye.
An example of an epicanthus is a fold above the eye that covers the inner eye of an individual with Down syndrome.
epicanthus definition by Webster's New World
a small normal fold of skin from the upper eyelid sometimes covering the inner corner of the eye, as in many Asian peoples: also occurs with certain abnormal conditions, as Down syndrome
Origin: epi- plush canthus
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- epicanthic adjective
epicanthus definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. ep·i·can·thi
See epicanthic fold.
Origin: New Latin : epi- + canthus.