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[ huh-ben-yuh-luh ]
/ həˈbɛn yə lə /

noun, plural ha·ben·u·lae [huh-ben-yuh-lee] /həˈbɛn yəˌli/. Anatomy.

a narrow bandlike structure, as the stalk attaching the pineal gland to the thalamus.

Nearby words

habanera, habanero, habdalah, habeas corpus, habena, habenula, haber, haber process, haber, fritz, haberdasher, haberdashery

Origin of habenula

1875–80; < Latin: small strip of skin, equivalent to habēn(a) strap, thong, rein (derivative of habēre to have, hold, possess; cf. able, habit1) + -ula -ule
Related formsha·ben·u·lar, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for habenula


[ hă-bĕnyə-lə ]

n. pl. ha•ben•u•lae (-lē′)

A frenulum.
The stalk of the pineal gland. No longer in technical use.
A circumscript cell mass embedded in the posterior end of the medullary stria of the thalamus, from which it receives most of its afferent fibers.habena pedunculus of pineal body
Related formsha•benu•lar adj.
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