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[ran-yuh-luh] /ˈræn yə lə/
noun, Pathology.
a cystic tumor formed beneath the tongue, caused by obstruction of the sublingual or submaxillary gland or of a mucous gland.
Origin of ranula
1650-60; < Latin rānula little frog, swelling, equivalent to rān(a) frog + -ula -ule
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ranular, adjective Unabridged
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a saliva-filled cyst that develops under the tongue
Word Origin
C17: from Latin rana frog + -ula from Latin -ulus, small
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ranula in Medicine

ranula ran·u·la (rān'yə-lə)
A cyst on the underside of the tongue or the mouth floor caused by an obstructed salivary gland duct. Also called ptyalocele, sialocele, sublingual cyst.

ran'u·lar (-lər) adj.
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