[ ti-nid-ee-uh m ]
/ tɪˈnɪd i əm /

noun, plural cte·nid·i·a [ti-nid-ee-uh] /tɪˈnɪd i ə/. Zoology.

any of various comblike or featherlike structures, as the row of stiff bristles on the legs of a psocid.

Origin of ctenidium

From New Latin, dating back to 1880–85; see origin at cteno-, -idium

Related forms

cte·nid·i·al, adjective
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/ (tɪˈnɪdɪəm) /

noun plural -ia (-ɪə)

one of the comblike respiratory gills of molluscs

Word Origin for ctenidium

C19: New Latin, from Greek ktenidion, diminutive of kteis comb
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