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[noo-kuh, nyoo-]
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noun, plural nu·chae [noo-kee, nyoo-] /ˈnu ki, ˈnyu-/.
  1. nape.

Origin of nucha

1350–1400; < Medieval Latin: nape of neck < Arabic nukhāʿ spinal marrow
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British Dictionary definitions for nuchae


noun plural -chae (-kiː)
  1. zoology anatomy the back or nape of the neck
Derived Formsnuchal, adjective

Word Origin

C14: from Medieval Latin, from Arabic nukhā` spinal marrow
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nuchae in Medicine

cutis rhomboidalis nuchae

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  1. A condition in which the skin on the back of the neck becomes leathery and furrowed and appears to have rhomboid configurations, caused by aging or prolonged exposure to sunlight.
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