Definition of Cuneiform

1. Noun. An ancient wedge-shaped script used in Mesopotamia and Persia.

Generic synonyms: Script
Specialized synonyms: Babylonian

2. Adjective. Shaped like a wedge.
Exact synonyms: Cuneal, Wedge-shaped
Partainyms: Wedge

3. Adjective. Of or relating to the tarsal bones (or other wedge-shaped bones).
Category relationships: Anatomy, General Anatomy
Partainyms: Tarsal

Definition of Cuneiform

1. a. Wedge-shaped; as, a cuneiform bone; -- especially applied to the wedge-shaped or arrowheaded characters of ancient Persian and Assyrian inscriptions. See Arrowheaded.

2. n. The wedge-shaped characters used in ancient Persian and Assyrian inscriptions.

Definition of Cuneiform

1. Adjective. Having the form of a wedge; wedge-shaped. ¹

2. Adjective. Written in the cuneiform writing system. ¹

3. Noun. An ancient Mesopotamian writing system, adapted within several language families, originating as pictograms in Sumer around the 30th century BC, evolving into more abstract and characteristic wedge shapes formed by a blunt reed stylus on clay tablets. ¹

4. Noun. (anatomy) A wedge-shaped bone, especially a cuneiform bone. ¹

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Definition of Cuneiform

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Medical Definition of Cuneiform

1. Wedge-shaped. See: intermediate cuneiform bone, lateral cuneiform bone, medial cuneiform bone. (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cuneiform

cuneate fasciculus
cuneate funiculus
cuneate leaf
cuneate nucleus
cuneiform (current term)
cuneiform bone
cuneiform bones
cuneiform cartilage
cuneiform cataract
cuneiform lobe
cuneiform tubercle
cuneocerebellar tract
cuneocuboid joint
cuneocuboid ligaments
cuneometatarsal joints

Literary usage of Cuneiform

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1. Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical: Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1897)
"The movements permitted between the cuneiform bones are limited to a slight gliding upon each other. 8. THE ARTICULATION OF THE EXTERNAL cuneiform BONE WITH ..."

2. Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1901)
"The Dorsal Ligaments consist of two bands of fibrous tissue which pass transversely, one connecting the internal with the middle cuneiform, and the other ..."

3. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"In the case of the Cyprian, Dr. Deecke has endeavoured to shew the source to be the Assyrian cuneiform in its later form. His arguments are very strong ..."

4. Anatomy, Descriptive and Applied by Henry Gray (1910)
"For mid. cuneiform For int. cuneiform For ext. cuneiform Occational ... With four bones—astragalus and three cuneiform; occasionally also with the cuboid. ..."

5. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1910)
"When the immense mass of cuneiform documents which Emil Botta, ... This great number proved that the Assyrian cuneiform script was not alphabetic; ..."

6. Report of the Annual Meeting (1857)
"In respect to the first part of the subject, namely the plastic origin of the cuneiform characters, Mr. Nasmyth stated that he considered it was due to the ..."

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