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noun, plural te·ni·ae [tee-nee-ee] /ˈti niˌi/.
  1. taenia.


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noun, plural tae·ni·ae [tee-nee-ee] /ˈti niˌi/.
  1. Classical Antiquity. a headband or fillet.
  2. Architecture. (on a Doric entablature) a fillet or band separating the frieze from the architrave.
  3. Anatomy. a ribbonlike structure, as certain bands of white nerve fibers in the brain.
  4. any tapeworm of the genus Taenia, parasitic in humans and other mammals.

Origin of taenia

1555–65; < Latin < Greek tainía band, ribbon; (in def 4) < New Latin, Latin, as above
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Historical Examples

  • Above the frieze there is another narrow strip, or tenia, like that upon the architrave.

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  • Si en efecto era as, el oculto cario de Garcs tenia ms que sobrada disculpa en la incomparable hermosura de Constanza.

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British Dictionary definitions for tenia


noun plural -niae (-nɪˌiː)
  1. the US spelling of taenia


US tenia

noun plural -niae (-nɪˌiː)
  1. (in ancient Greece) a narrow fillet or headband for the hair
  2. architect the fillet between the architrave and frieze of a Doric entablature
  3. anatomy any bandlike structure or part
  4. any tapeworm of the genus Taenia, such as T. soleum, a parasite of man that uses the pig as its intermediate host

Word Origin

C16: via Latin from Greek tainia narrow strip; related to Greek teinein to stretch
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tenia in Medicine


  1. Variant oftaenia


n. pl tae•ni•as
  1. A ribbonlike band of tissue or muscle.
  2. A flatworm of the genus Taenia, which includes many tapeworms. Not in technical use.


  1. A genus of cestodes that formerly included most of the tapeworms but is now restricted to those species infecting carnivores with a cysticercus.