1. A turn of the spiral cochlea of the ear. 2. SYN: vortex of heart. 3. A turn of a concha nasalis. 4. SYN: verticil. 5. An area of hair growing in a radial manner suggesting whirling or twisting. SYN: vortex (2). See hair whorls. 6. One of the distinguishing patterns comprising the Galton system of classification of fingerprints. SYN: digital w..
- digital w. SYN: w. (6).
- hair whorls [TA] a spiral arrangement of the hairs, as at the crown of the head. SYN: vortices pilorum [TA].

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whorl 'hwor(-ə)l, 'wȯr(-ə)l, '(h)wər(-ə)l n a fingerprint in which the central papillary ridges turn through at least one complete turn

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(hwurl) a spiral turn or twist, such as in a fingerprint or the hair.

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