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n. pl. ep·i·can·thi (-thī, -thē)

[New Latin : epi- + canthus.]
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n, pl -thi (-θaɪ)
(Anatomy) a fold of skin extending vertically over the inner angle of the eye: characteristic of Mongolian peoples and a congenital anomaly among other races. Also called: epicanthic fold
[C19: New Latin, from epi- + Latin canthus corner of the eye, from Greek kanthos]
ˌepiˈcanthic adj
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(ˌɛp ɪˈkæn θəs)

n., pl. -thi (-thī, -thē).
a fold of skin extending from the upper eyelid to or over the inner canthus of the eye, especially common in Asian peoples. Also called ep′ican′thic fold′, eyefold.
ep`i•can′thic, adj.
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Noun1.epicanthus - a vertical fold of skin over the nasal canthusepicanthus - a vertical fold of skin over the nasal canthus; normal for Mongolian peoples; sometimes occurs in Down's syndrome
eye, oculus, optic - the organ of sight
plica, fold - a folded part (as in skin or muscle)
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Minor anomalies like low set ears, hypotonia, up slant or down slant of eyes, simian crease, inner epicanthic folds were noted.
frontal hypertrichosis, low anterior hairline, thick eyebrows, synophrys, long eyelashes, hypertelorism, left palpebral ptosis, epicanthic folds, downslanted palpebral fissures, low set ears, and wide and depressed nasal bridge.
Peripheral Examination Cranium : [] Hemifacial microsomia [] Triangular Face Fingers : [] Hyperexrension [] Extra Ears : [] Aural Atresia [] Microtia Nose : [] Low Nasal Bridge [] Septum Deviation Lips : [] Insufficient Movement [] Open Mouth Eyes : [] Hypertelorism [] Narrow Palpebral Fissure Peripheral Examination N Cranium : [] Flat Zygomas [] Long Face [] Microcephaly [] Fingers : [] Syndactyl [] Cubic [] Long/Thin [] Ears : [] Flap Eared [] Big Ear [] Low Ear [] Nose : [] Tubular Nose [] Stenosis [] Wide Alar Wing [] Lips : [] Asymmetrical [] Lip Pits [] Long/Short Philtrum [] Eyes : [] Epicanthic Fold [] Cross Eye [] Up/Downslanting [] Explanation:
She had a flat occiput, high forehead, capillary haemangiomas (forehead), hypertelorism, upward slanting palpebral fissure, bilateral epicanthic folds, posteriorly angulated ears, small nose and mouth, long philtrum, full cheeks, micrognathia, short and broad neck, widely spaced nipples and severe hypotonia (Figure 1a).
With naturally high cheekbones and oval eyes that have epicanthic folds, many Mongolian women have distinct features.
A total of 6 patients presented with dysmorphic faces including coarse facial structures, broadened epicanthic folds, prominent upper jaw and high arched palate along with other characteristics suggesting different forms of muscular dystrophies.
She had mild coarse face, some sparse hair, low frontal hairline, down slant palpebral fissures with sagging periorbital skin, epicanthic folds, broad eyebrows, and long eyelashes.
Blood samples of 0.3 mL were collected in heparin containing tubes from epicanthic veins of rats by capillary tube before dose (0 h) and at 5 min, 10 min, 20 min, 0.5 h, 1 h, 1.5 h, 2 h, 3 h, 6 h, 9 h, and 12 h.
Fetal phenytoin is said to be associated with hypertelorism, broad nasal bridge, short nose, and facial hirsutism, while fetal CBZ face includes epicanthic folds, short nose, long philtrum, and upward slanting palpebral fissures, as in our patient mentioned above(32-34).
The facial dysmorphology associated with NS such as hypertelorism, epicanthic folds and downward slanting palpebral fissures, low-set posteriorly rotated ears with a thick helix, high arched palate, micrognathia, and a short neck with excess nuchal skin and a low posterior hairline are the most recognizable features.
On examination proband B had a long face with hypertelorism, epicanthic folds and an upturned nose (Fig.
Although it is difficult to quantify specifically how one "looks Japanese" (e.g., skin color, shape of epicanthic fold of the eye, contours of facial features (rinkaku), acculturated behaviors, fashion sense, etc.), the dynamic of how physical appearance fundamentally defines membership in racialized societies is well researched even in the canon of Japanese Studies.