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n. pl. ep·i·can·thi (-thī, -thē)

[New Latin : epi- + canthus.]


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


(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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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On physical examination, bilateral ptosis, epicanthus, bilateral limited outward gaze, depressed nasal bridge, anteverted nostrils, thin upper lip, downturned mouth corners, and micrognathia were observed, the labial sulcus was obscure on the right side and the mouth corner was sliding to the left while crying (Picture 1).
Craniofacial abnormalities can manifest with vast variety of anterior segment abnormalities that include eyelid abnormalities such as ptosis and coloboma, ectropion and epicanthus inversus.
Abnormal ophthalmic findings are common in children with confirmed FVS syndrome, which include myopia, strabismus, astigmatism, anisometropia, epicanthus, color vision deficiency and bilateral congenital cataract21.
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For actigraphic recordings, electrodes were implanted in the trapezius muscles, in the muscle pad that moves rostrum+vibrissae and in the lateral epicanthus of each eye to record head, rostrum+vibrissae and eye movements, respectively.