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vallecula

[vuh-lek-yuh-luh]
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noun, plural val·lec·u·lae [vuh-lek-yuh-lee] /vəˈlɛk yəˌli/. Biology.
  1. a furrow or depression.

Origin of vallecula

1855–60; < Late Latin, equivalent to valle(s) valley + Latin -cula -cule1
Related formsval·lec·u·lar, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for vallecula

vallecula

noun plural -lae (-ˌliː)
  1. anatomy any of various natural depressions or crevices, such as certain fissures of the brain
  2. botany a small groove or furrow in a plant stem or fruit
Derived Formsvallecular or valleculate, adjective

Word Origin

C19: from Late Latin: little valley, from Latin vallis valley
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vallecula in Medicine

vallecula

(vă-lĕkyə-lə, və-)
n. pl. val•lec•u•lae (-lē′)
  1. An anatomical crevice or depression on any surface, such as the deep hollow on the inferior surface of the cerebellum, between the hemispheres, in which the medulla oblongata rests.
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