Fusiform

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Spindle with yarn.
A lemon in geometry.

Fusiform means having a spindle-like shape that is wide in the middle and tapers at both ends. It is similar to the lemon-shape, but often implies a focal broadening of a structure that continues from one or both ends, such as an aneurysm on a blood vessel.

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  • Fusiform, a body shape common to many aquatic animals, characterized by being tapered at both the head and the tail
  • Fusiform, a classification of aneurysm
  • Fusiform bacteria (spindled rods, that is, fusiform bacilli), such as the fusobacteria
  • Fusiform cell (biology)
  • Fusiform face area, a part of the human visual system which seems to specialize in facial recognition
  • Fusiform gyrus, part of the temporal lobe of the brain
  • Fusiform muscle, where the fibres run parallel along the length of the muscle
  • Fusiform neuron, a spindle-shaped neuron