Definitions for isthmusˈɪs məs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

isth•mus*ˈɪs məs(n.)(pl.)-mus•es, -mi

  1. a narrow strip of land, bordered on both sides by water, connecting two larger bodies of land.

  2. a relatively narrow passage or strip of tissue joining two cavities or parts of an organ.

    Category: Anatomy, Zoology

* (-mī)..

Origin of isthmus:

1545–55; < L < Gk isthmós narrow passage, isthmus


Princeton's WordNet

  1. isthmus(noun)

    a relatively narrow strip of land (with water on both sides) connecting two larger land areas

  2. isthmus, band(noun)

    a cord-like tissue connecting two larger parts of an anatomical structure


  1. isthmus(Noun)

    A narrow strip of land, bordered on both sides by water, and connecting two larger landmasses.

  2. isthmus(Noun)

    Any such narrow part connecting two larger structures.

  3. Origin: Via isthmus, from ἰσθμός. Cognate to eið.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Isthmus(noun)

    a neck or narrow slip of land by which two continents are connected, or by which a peninsula is united to the mainland; as, the Isthmus of Panama; the Isthmus of Suez, etc

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a narrow strip of land joining two larger pieces

the Isthmus of Panama.

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