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 [for´niks] (pl. for´nices) (L.)
an anatomical archlike structure.
fornix of conjunctiva conjunctival cul-de-sac.


Plural of fornix.


[fôr′niks] pl. fornices
Etymology: L, arch
an archlike structure or space, such as the fornix cerebri, the superior or inferior conjunctival fornices, or the vaginal fornices.


(for'niks) (for'ni-sez) plural.fornices [L. fornix, vault, arch]
1. A thick axon tract that originates in the hippocampus and synapses in the septum and the hypothalamus, esp., in the mammillary bodies. The fornix, a major component of the limbic circuit, receives its name from the broad arch that it makes along the hidden inner edge of the cerebral cortex, under the corpus callosum. See: limbic system for illus
2. Any vaultlike or arched body.

fornix conjunctivae

The loose folds connecting the palpebral and bulbar conjunctivae.

fornix uteri

Fornix vaginae.

fornix vaginae

Each of the four recesses that surround the cervix. The posterior fornix is deeper than the anterior or lateral (right and left) fornices.
Synonym: fornix uteri
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Carefully evert the upper lid with a cotton bud to ensure that no particles are adherent to the tarsal conjunctivae or fornices - especially the superior fornix.
1-3) Small populations of lymphocytes normally reside in the conjunctiva, particularly the conjunctival sacs and fornices, as well as in the main and accessory lacrimal glands.
Teniendo en cuenta que las complicaciones informadas con mas frecuencia son las lesiones de vejiga y ureter (4,9,10,12,17), el segundo paso prepara el campo operatorio al separar la vejiga y alejar el trayecto del ureter que se logra gracias al empleo de un delineador de los fornices vaginales y a la marcacion con la espatula monopolar de los fondos de saco antes de que se altere la anatomia durante el procedimiento, sobre todo en uteros grandes o deformados por miomatosis (15).
The vaginal sample was collected by swabbing the posterior and lateral vaginal fornices with a cotton-tipped sterile swab.
However, in this study, deep topical anesthesia was achieved using topical anesthetic drops as well as sponges soaked in an anesthetic substance applied to the inferior and superior fornices.
Colloid cysts are benign tumours of the central nervous system (CNS) that can be found anywhere throughout the neuroaxis, but are preferentially located within the rostral aspect of the third ventricle between the columns of the fornices at the foramina of Monro.
On pelvic examination the uterus was difficult to identify separately from the mass; it was non- tender, fixed and all the fornices were full with hard solid palpable nodules.
Cholkeri-Singh replies: I gently spread the labia, exposing the introitus, and place a large cotton-tip swab soaked in Betadine through the introitus all the way to the cervix and vaginal fornices.
The eyeball and fornices can be very injected, the conjunctiva covered by large follicles and a purulent or watery discharge may be present.
If there is particulate matter in the fornices, use a cotton tip to sweep it out.
On vaginal examination her uterus was of normal size, anteverted without any palpable mass in the either fornices.
2,3) Patients with shortened fornices, cicatricial changes or subconjunctival fibrosis were categorized as cicatricial entropion and excluded.