Definition of falciform in English:

falciform

adjective

Zoology Anatomy
  • Curved like a sickle; hooked.

    ‘the falciform ligament’
    • ‘On the right side, the section passes through the right lobe of the liver, the caudate lobe, and the falciform ligament.’
    • ‘Diagnostic laparoscopy was performed, which revealed dilated veins in the omentum and falciform ligament, a nodular liver, and a mass in the right lower quadrant.’
    • ‘The appendix does not have a true mesentery; however, in about 90% of cases it is provided with a falciform fold of peritoneum, the mesoappendix, which is continuous with the dorsal (original left) surface of the mesentery of the ileum.’
    • ‘The two major and two minor lobes of the liver are separated anteriorly by the falciform ligament that divides the larger right lobe from the left.’
    • ‘The upper left quadrant is filled with the right lobe of the liver and the gallbladder, and the falciform ligament and ligamentum teres (‘obliterated’ umbilical vein) can be seen.’

Origin

Mid 18th century: from Latin falx, falc- ‘sickle’ + -form.

Pronunciation

falciform

/ˈfalsɪfɔːm/