Skip to Content

proboscis

Pronunciation: pro-bos'is, pro-bos'i-dez, -sez

Definition:

  1. A long flexible snout, such as that of a tapir or an elephant.
  2. In teratology, a cylindric protuberance of the face that, in cyclopia or ethmocephaly, represents the nose.

[G. proboskis, a means of providing food, fr. pro- + boskein, to feed]

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

© Copyright 2018 Wolters Kluwer. All Rights Reserved. Review date: Sep 19, 2016.

Hide