alae

[ey-lee]
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noun

plural of ala.

ala

[ey-luh]

noun, plural a·lae [ey-lee] /ˈeɪ li/.

a wing.
a winglike part, process, or expansion, as of a bone, shell, seed, or stem.
either of the two side petals of a flower in the legume family, as the pea.
(in an ancient Roman house) a small room, as an alcove, opening into a larger room or courtyard.

Origin of ala

1730–40; < Latin āla wing, armpit, shoulder, representing *aks-lā, derivative of same base as axis axle (see axis1); see axle
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ala

noun plural alae (ˈeɪliː)

zoology a wing or flat winglike process or structure, such as a part of some bones and cartilages
botany a winglike part, such as one of the wings of a sycamore seed or one of the flat petals of a sweet pea flower

Word Origin for ala

C18: from Latin āla a wing
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alae in Medicine

ala

lə]

n. pl. a•lae (ā)

A winglike or expanded structure or part, such as the external ear.

Ala

abbr.

alanine

ALA

[ā′ĕl-ā]

n.

Delta-aminolevulinic acid; an intermediate in the biosynthesis of hematin formed from glycine and succinyl-coenzyme A.
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