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[flok-yuh-luh s] /ˈflɒk yə ləs/
noun, plural flocculi
[flok-yuh-lahy] /ˈflɒk yəˌlaɪ/ (Show IPA)
Astronomy. one of the bright or dark patches on the sun's surface, visible in a spectroheliogram.
Origin of flocculus
From New Latin, dating back to 1790-1800; See origin at floccule Unabridged
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noun (pl) -li (-ˌlaɪ)
a marking on the sun's surface or in its atmosphere, as seen on a spectroheliogram. It consists of calcium when lighter than the surroundings and of hydrogen when darker
(anatomy) a tiny ovoid prominence on each side of the cerebellum
another word for floccule
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flocculus in Medicine

flocculus floc·cu·lus (flŏk'yə-ləs)
n. pl. floc·cu·li (-lī')

  1. A small fluffy mass or tuft.

  2. Either of a pair of small lobes on the posterior border of the cerebellum, forming part of the vestibular part of the cerebellum.

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