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Pronunciation: kres'ent


  1. Any figure of the shape of the moon in its first quarter.
  2. The figure made by the gray columns or cornua on cross-section of the spinal cord.

Synonym(s): malarial crescent

[L. cresco, pp. cretus, to grow]

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