[ dip-loh-ee ]

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

Origin of diploë

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

Other words from diploë

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

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How to use diploë in a sentence

  • 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 diploë


/ (ˈdɪpləʊˌiː) /

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

Origin of diploë

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

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