[ dip-loh-ee ]
/ ˈdɪp loʊˌi /

noun Anatomy.

the cancellate bony tissue between the hard inner and outer walls of the bones of the cranium.

Nearby words

  1. diplosome,
  2. diplosomia,
  3. diplostemonous,
  4. diplotene,
  5. diplozoic,
  6. dipmet,
  7. dipnoan,
  8. dipodic,
  9. dipody,
  10. dipolar ion

Origin of diploë

1690–1700; < Greek diplóē literally, a fold, noun use of feminine of diplóos double

Related formsdi·plo·ic [dih-ploh-ik] /dɪˈploʊ ɪk/, di·plo·et·ic [dip-loh-et-ik] /ˌdɪp loʊˈɛt ɪk/, adjective

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Examples from the Web for diploe

  • The spongy middle plate must, like the diploe of the skull, have served to deaden the vibrations of a blow dealt from the outside.

British Dictionary definitions for diploe


/ (ˈdɪpləʊˌiː) /


anatomy the spongy bone separating the two layers of compact bone of the skull

Word Origin for diploë

C17: via New Latin, from Greek: a fold, from diploos double

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Medicine definitions for diploe


[ dĭplō-ē′ ]


The central layer of spongy, porous, bony tissue between the hard outer and inner bone layers of the cranium.
Related formsdiplo•ic (-lō-ĭk) adj.

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