[ kley-vuh s, klah- ]
/ ˈkleɪ vəs, ˈklɑ- /

noun, plural cla·vi [kley-vahy, -vee] /ˈkleɪ vaɪ, -vi/.

Psychiatry. an intense headache in which the pain is likened to one that would be produced by a sharp object driven into the skull.
(in ancient Rome) a vertical stripe or band of purple worn on the tunic by senators and equites.
Entomology. clavola.

Nearby words

  1. claviform,
  2. claviger,
  3. clavipectoral fascia,
  4. clavius,
  5. clavola,
  6. claw,
  7. claw back,
  8. claw bar,
  9. claw foot,
  10. claw hammer

Origin of clavus

1800–10; < Latin: literally, nail; akin to claudere to close Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Medicine definitions for clavi


[ klāvəs, klä- ]

n. pl. cla•vi (-vī′)

A condition resulting from healing of a granuloma of the foot in yaws, in which a core falls out, leaving an erosion.

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