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Meaning of HELIX

Pronunciation:  'heeliks

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  type genus of the family Helicidae
  2. [n]  a structure consisting of something wound in a continuous series of loops; "a coil of rope"
  3. [n]  a curve that lies on the surface of a cylinder or cone and cuts the element at a constant angle

HELIX is a 5 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: coil, genus Helix, spiral, spiral, volute, whorl
 See Also: brown snail, construction, curve, curved shape, edible snail, family Helicidae, garden snail, hank, Helicidae, Helix aspersa, Helix hortensis, Helix pomatia, mollusk genus, structure



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\He"lix\, n.; pl. L. {Helices}, E. {Helixes}. [L. helix,
Gr. ?, ?, fr. ? to turn round; cf. L. volvere, and E. volute,
1. (Geom.) A nonplane curve whose tangents are all equally
   inclined to a given plane. The common helix is the curve
   formed by the thread of the ordinary screw. It is
   distinguished from the spiral, all the convolutions of
   which are in the plane.

2. (Arch.) A caulicule or little volute under the abacus of
   the Corinthian capital.

3. (Anat.) The incurved margin or rim of the external ear.
   See Illust. of {Ear}.

4. (Zo["o]l.) A genus of land snails, including a large
   number of species.

Note: The genus originally included nearly all shells, but is
      now greatly restricted. See {Snail}, {Pulmonifera}.

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Biology Dictionary
 Definition: A spiral structure in a macromolecule that contains a repeating pattern.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: cirrus, coil, corkscrew, curl, curlicue, evolute, gyre, involute, kink, ringlet, roll, screw, scroll, spiral, swirl, tendril, twirl, twist, volute, volution, vortex, whirl, whorl