epicanthic fold


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ep·i·can·thic fold

 (ĕp′ĭ-kăn′thĭk) or ep·i·can·thal fold (-thəl)
n.
A fold of skin of the upper eyelid that partially covers the inner corner of the eye. Also called epicanthus.
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Noun1.epicanthic fold - a vertical fold of skin over the nasal canthusepicanthic fold - 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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Some say the epicanthic fold that causes almond-shaped eyes in east and central Asian populations evolved to protect the eye from extreme weather conditions or high levels of ultra-violet light.
protruding tongue, small low set ears, upward slanted eyes with epicanthic fold, short neck, short and broad hands, transverse single palmar crease, clinodactyly, a large space between toes (sandal gap), hypotonia and delayed milestones.
"I have a glossy black-and-white photograph of the painting," Lefkovitz tells us, "and when I look at this dapper grandfather I see something of my uncle' and something Asian, too, for the eyes have a slight epicanthic fold." She notes that the inheritances of children ten of Holocaust survivors "is loss an memory, all of it as overdetermined and refracted by time as the photograph of the painting of the photograph of my grandfather."
Indeed, it was the distinctive appearance and in particular the epicanthic fold that contributed to the identification of Down syndrome by Langdon Down (1866) and his association of people with Down syndrome with the 'Mongoloid race.' [4] Down syndrome is diagnosed at birth and the facial characteristics means the syndrome is easily identifiable to anyone the child comes into contact with from an early age.