One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The joint between two bones.
join, junction, juncture, intersection, link, linkage, connection, nexusView synonyms
- ‘Opposing this hinge axis is the ventral commissure.’
- ‘One of the planes of fracture, however, provides a cross section perpendicular to the hinge line and plane of commissure that passes through both ligament areas.’
- ‘Maximum width at hinge line, with lateral commissures almost perpendicular.’
2A band of nerve tissue connecting the hemispheres of the brain, the two sides of the spinal cord, etc.
join, joint, intersection, link, bond, weld, seam, coupling, connection, union, junctureView synonyms
- ‘The latter intersects various projection and commissural fibers, including those crossing to the opposite hemisphere in the anterior commissure.’
- ‘The lateral part of the anterior commissure traverses the inferior part of the brain.’
- ‘The column of the fornix has been divided a short distance above the anterior commissure.’
- ‘Portions of the cerebral commissures, which link the left and right hemispheres, appear to be larger in women, and their brains may function in a less lopsided manner than men's.’
3The line where the upper and lower lips or eyelids meet.
- ‘The scratch is minor, but right above the lateral commissure.’
Late Middle English: from Latin commissura ‘junction’, from committere ‘join’ (see commit).
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