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.’
- ‘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 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.’
- ‘On the right side, the section passes through the right lobe of the liver, the caudate lobe, and the falciform ligament.’
- ‘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.’
Mid 18th century: from Latin falx, falc- ‘sickle’ + -form.
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