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whorl

 [hwerl]
a spiral arrangement, as in the ridges on the finger that make up a fingerprint.

whorl

(wŏrl),
1. A turn of the spiral cochlea of the ear.
2. Synonym(s): vortex of heart
3. A turn of a concha nasalis.
4. Synonym(s): verticil
5. An area of hair growing in a radial manner suggesting whirling or twisting. Synonym(s): vortex (2)
6. One of the distinguishing patterns composing the Galton system of classification of fingerprints. Synonym(s): digital whorl

whorl

(wôrl, wûrl)
n.
1. A form that coils or spirals; a curl or swirl.
2. A turn of the cochlea or of the ethmoidal crest.
3. An area of hair growing in a radial manner.
4. One of the circular ridges or convolutions of a fingerprint.

whorl

[(h)wurl]
Etymology: ME, hwarwy
a spiral turn, such as one of the turns of the cochlea or of the dermal ridges that form fingerprints.

whorl

(wŏrl)
1. A turn of the spiral cochlea of the ear.
2. Synonym(s): vortex of heart.
3. A turn of a concha nasalis.
4. Synonym(s): verticil.
5. An area of hair growing in a radial manner suggesting whirling or twisting.
Synonym(s): vortex (2) .
6. One of the distinguishing patterns in the Galton system of classification of fingerprints.
See also: hair whorls

whorl

a circular set (two or more) of leaves or SEPALS arising at the same level on the plant.

whorl

(wŏrl)
Turn of the spiral cochlea of the ear.

whorl

a spiral arrangement, as in the hairs that go to make up a cowlick.
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In addition central whorling individual cell keratinisation, with keratin pearls was seen [Fig.
Microscopically, the neoplastic cells were spindle to stellate shape, arranged in ill-defined fascicles with a focally whorling pattern (Figure 1).
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The cells may be disposed in varying manners, such as in a lamellar arrangement, perivascular whorling formation (Figure 2, A and B), or even short bundles with a vague storiform pattern reminiscent of that seen in dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans (Figure 2, C).