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[ving-kyuh-luh m] /ˈvɪŋ kyə ləm/
noun, plural vincula
[ving-kyuh-luh] /ˈvɪŋ kyə lə/ (Show IPA)
a bond signifying union or unity; tie.
Mathematics. a stroke or brace drawn over a quantity consisting of several members or terms, as , in order to show that they are to be considered together.
Origin of vinculum
1655-65; < Latin: fetter, equivalent to vinc(īre) to bind + -ulum -ule Unabridged
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noun (pl) -la (-lə)
a horizontal line drawn above a group of mathematical terms, used as an alternative to parentheses in mathematical expressions, as in x + ̅yz which is equivalent to x + (yz)
  1. any bandlike structure, esp one uniting two or more parts
  2. another name for ligament
(rare) a unifying bond; tie
Word Origin
C17: from Latin: bond, from vincīre to bind
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Word Origin and History for vincula



plural vincula, 1670s, from Latin vinc-, stem of vincire "to bind" (see wind (v.1)).

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vincula in Medicine

vinculum vin·cu·lum (vĭng'kyə-ləm)
n. pl. vin·cu·lums or vin·cu·la (-lə)
A uniting band or bandlike structure, such as a frenum or ligament.

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