• WordNet 3.6
    • adj fusiform tapering at each end
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Fusiform Shaped like a spindle; shaped like a cylinder that tapers at each end; as, a fusiform root; a fusiform cell.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • fusiform 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.
    • fusiform 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Fusiform spindle-shaped: tapering at each end
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. fusus, spindle + -form,: cf. F. fusiforme,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. fusée, a spindleful—Low L. fusata—L. fusus, a spindle.


In literature:

F. The unstriped muscular fibre, more properly the fusiform-cell fibre, which carries on the involuntary internal movements.
"Medical Essays" by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
"Journal of an Expedition into the Interior of Tropical Australia" by Thomas Mitchell
Antennae elongate, with a fusiform club much hooked at the extremity.
"Discoveries in Australia, Volume 1." by J Lort Stokes
Some were fusiform, others wedge-shaped, and others irregularly oblong.
"Account of a Tour in Normandy, Vol. II. (of 2)" by Dawson Turner
The roots are fusiform and thin, without any ramifications, and usually from three to five feet long.
"The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom" by P. L. Simmonds
A puncture with a sharp-edged, pointed knife leaves a fusiform or spindle-shaped wound.
"Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology" by W. G. Aitchison Robertson
Root somewhat fusiform, contracted towards the crown, which rises six or eight inches above the surface of the ground.
"The Field and Garden Vegetables of America" by Fearing Burr
Grain is small, fusiform, terete and enclosed in the nut-like polished and hardened first glume.
"A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses" by Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar
They are fusiform, slightly gibbous, and of a buff-color.
"Our Common Insects" by Alpheus Spring Packard
The root is fusiform and fleshy, and is the part most valued.
"The Conquest of Canada (Vol. 1 of 2)" by George Warburton
Fusiform: Spindle-shaped, tapering at each end.
"The Elements of Bacteriological Technique" by John William Henry Eyre
The spores are elliptical or fusiform, 10-11x5-6u.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
Capillitium of stout threads, usually simple, only rarely branched, furnished with numerous fusiform swellings.
"The Myxomycetes of the Miami Valley, Ohio" by A. P. Morgan
Coloured sporidia are often large and beautiful: they are mostly of an elongated, elliptical form, or fusiform.
"Fungi: Their Nature and Uses" by Mordecai Cubitt Cooke
From carious teeth may be isolated streptothrix, leptothrix, spirilla and fusiform bacilli.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 4" by Various
Typical fusiform bast fibres.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 3" by Various
At some points the muscular tissue had undergone a vitreous degeneration, while at others were many fusiform cells.
"A System of Practical Medicine by American Authors, Vol. I" by Various
Achenes fusiform; pappus of 5 or fewer thin chaff and alternating awns.
"The Manual of the Botany of the Northern United States" by Asa Gray

In news:

A close-up of a face might activate a part of the brain known as the fusiform gyrus.
The ability to recognize faces is so important in humans that the brain appears to have an area solely devoted to the task: the fusiform gyrus.

In science:

Fenker, Daniela B.; Schott, Björn H.; Richardson-Klavehn, Alan; “Recapitulating emotional context: Activity of amygdala, hippocampus and fusiform cortex during recollection and familiarity.” European Journal of Neuroscience, Vol 21(7), Apr 2005, pp.
Human Information Processing with the Personal Memex
From the fMRI, it was observed that bilateral amygdala, hippocampus and fusiform face area (FFA) were more strongly activated during recollection than during familiarity.
Human Information Processing with the Personal Memex
These are: posterior calcarine sulcus (PCS), fusiform gyrus (FG) and the amygdaloid complex (AM).
Asymmetric random matrices: What do we need them for?
The top row corresponds to fusiform gyrus and the bottom row to posterior calcarine sulcus, while the columns refer to the left and right hemispheres.
Asymmetric random matrices: What do we need them for?