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Frontal

/ˈfrəntl/ Adjective 1. Of, relating to, directed toward, or situated at the front: a frontal attack. (wiktionary.org) (Anatomy) 2. Of or relating to the forehead or frontal bone. (wiktionary.org) 3. Of or relating to the frontal plane. (wiktionary.org) 4. Belonging to the front part. (wordnetweb.princeton.edu) 5. Of or adjacent to the forehead or frontal bone. (wordnetweb.princeton.edu) Word origin: From Modern Latin frontalis, from front-, stem of frons “brow, forehead”. Or in some cases probably from front (n.) + adjectival suffix...

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Function

/funk´shun/ Noun 1. The physiological property or the special action of an organ or body part. 2. Something closely related to another thing and dependent on it for its existence, value, or significance, such as growth resulting from nutrition. 3. A mathematical variable so related to another that for each value assumed by one there is a value determined for the other. 4. A rule of correspondence between two sets such that there is a unique element in the second set assigned to each element in the first set. 5. The general properties of a substance, depending on its chemical character and relation to other substances, that provide the basis upon which it may be grouped as among acids or bases. 6. A particular reactive grouping in a molecule. –The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary, Copyright 2007, 2004 by Houghton Mifflin Company   1. The special, normal, or proper physiologic activity of an organ or part. 2. To perform such activity. – Dorland’s Medical Dictionary for Health Consumers. © 2007 by Saunders   Word origin: From Latin functio,...

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Fundiform

Adjective 1. Curved in shape; looped. (wiktionary.org) 2. Looped; sling-shaped. (biology-online.org) Word origin: Latin funda, a sling, + forma, shape

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Fundus

Noun, pl. fundi 1. An anatomical term referring to the portion of an organ opposite from its opening. (wikipedia.org) 2. The large, hollow part of an organ farthest from an opening; especially a. the top, hollow portion of the uterus and b. the back, interior part of the eye: the retina and associated blood vessels, etc. c. the uppermost curve of the stomach 3. The base of a hollow organ or that part of the organ farthest from its opening. (wordnetweb.princeton.edu) 4. The bottom or base of any hollow organ; as, the fundus of the bladder; the fundus of the eye. (biology-online.org) Word origin: Latin fundus for...

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Fungus

/ˈfəNGgəs/ Noun, pl. fungi 1. A (taxonomic) group that includes heterotrophic eukaryotes that are usually filamentous, devoid of chlorophyll, with chitinous cell wall, and produces spores 2. Any of a group of unicellular, multicellular, or syncytial spore-producing organisms feeding on organic matter, including molds, yeast, rust, stinkhorns, puffballs, truffles, molds, mildews and mushrooms. 3. Fungal infection (esp. on fish).   Word origin: Latin fungus...

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