One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Curved like a sickle; hooked.‘the falciform ligament’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘On the right side, the section passes through the right lobe of the liver, the caudate lobe, and the falciform ligament.’
- ‘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.’
Mid 18th century: from Latin falx, falc- ‘sickle’ + -form.
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