Meaning of epicanthic in English:


Pronunciation /ɛpɪˈkanθɪk/


  • Denoting a fold of skin from the upper eyelid covering the inner angle of the eye, typical in many peoples of eastern Asia and found as a congenital abnormality elsewhere.

    ‘Pink or brown, time to break with an ignoble past, and that includes breaking with reptile-brained reactions to differences in skin-melanin content or epicanthic eyelid folds.’
    • ‘The majority of the human species had blended into various shades of brown, usually accompanied by dark hair and, more often than not, at least a trace of epicanthic fold to the eyes.’
    • ‘He was a tall, thin man with only the hint of an epicanthic fold.’
    • ‘I have always liked drawing faces and can still remember my flush of pleasure when I first got the epicanthic fold right.’
    • ‘Humans are polymorphic for skin colour, body stature, sickle-cell anaemia, blood groups and the epicanthic eye-fold.’