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Pronunciation: worl


  1. A turn of the spiral cochlea of the ear.
  2. A turn of a concha nasalis.
  3. An area of hair growing in a radial manner suggesting whirling or twisting.
  4. One of the distinguishing patterns composing the Galton system of classification of fingerprints.

See: hair whorls

Synonym(s): vortex of heart

Synonym(s): vortex2

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