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Meaning of ISTHMUS

Pronunciation:  'ismus

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a narrow band of tissue connecting two larger parts of an anatomical structure
  2. [n]  a relatively narrow strip of land (with water on both sides) connecting two larger land areas

ISTHMUS is a 7 letter word that starts with I.


 See Also: Central America, dry land, earth, ground, Isthmus of Corinth, Isthmus of Kra, Isthmus of Panama, Isthmus of Suez, Isthmus of Tehuantepec, Karelian Isthmus, land, solid ground, terra firma, tissue



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Isth"mus\ (?; 277), n.; pl. {Isthmuses}. [L. isthmus,
Gr. 'isqmo`s a neck, a neck of land between two seas, an
isthmus, especially the Isthmus of Corinth; prob. from the
root of 'ie`nai to go; cf. Icel. ei[eth] isthmus. See
{Issue}.] (Geog.)
A neck or narrow slip of land by which two continents are
connected, or by which a peninsula is united to the mainland;
as, the Isthmus of Panama; the Isthmus of Suez, etc.

{Isthmus of the fauces}. (Anat.) See {Fauces}.

Medical Dictionary
 Definition: tissue that connects the two lobes of the thyroid.
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