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[vuh-lek-yuh-luh] /vəˈlɛk yə lə/
noun, plural valleculae
[vuh-lek-yuh-lee] /vəˈlɛk yəˌli/ (Show IPA).
a furrow or depression.
Origin of vallecula
1855-60; < Late Latin, equivalent to valle(s) valley + Latin -cula -cule1
Related forms
vallecular, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for vallecular


noun (pl) -lae (-ˌliː)
(anatomy) any of various natural depressions or crevices, such as certain fissures of the brain
(botany) a small groove or furrow in a plant stem or fruit
Derived Forms
vallecular, valleculate, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Late Latin: little valley, from Latin vallis valley
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vallecular in Medicine

vallecula val·lec·u·la (vā-lěk'yə-lə, və-)
n. pl. val·lec·u·lae (-lē')
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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