lobe

[ lohb ]
/ loʊb /

noun

a roundish projection or division, as of an organ or a leaf.

Nearby words

  1. lobber,
  2. lobby,
  3. lobbygow,
  4. lobbying,
  5. lobbyist,
  6. lobe-finned fish,
  7. lobectomy,
  8. lobed,
  9. lobefin,
  10. lobelia

Origin of lobe

1515–25; < Medieval Latin lobus (Late Latin: hull, husk, pod) < Greek lobós, akin to Latin legula lobe of the ear

Related formsmul·ti·lobe, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for lobe

lobe

/ (ləʊb) /

noun

any rounded projection forming part of a larger structure
any of the subdivisions of a bodily organ or part, delineated by shape or connective tissue
short for ear lobe
any of the loops that form part of the graphic representation in cylindrical coordinates of the radiation pattern of a transmitting aerialCompare radiation pattern
any of the parts, not entirely separate from each other, into which a flattened plant part, such as a leaf, is divided

Word Origin for lobe

C16: from Late Latin lobus, from Greek lobos lobe of the ear or of the liver

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Word Origin and History for lobe

lobe

n.

early 15c., "a lobe of the liver or lungs," from Middle French lobe and directly from Medieval Latin lobus, from Late Latin lobus "hull, husk, pod," from Greek lobos "lobe of the ear, vegetable pod," perhaps related to Greek leberis "husk of fruits," from PIE *logwos. Extended 1670s to divisions of the brain.

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Medicine definitions for lobe

lobe

[ lōb ]

n.

A rounded projection, especially a rounded, projecting anatomical part, such as the lobe of the ear.
A subdivision of a body organ or part bounded by fissures, connective tissue, or other structural boundaries.
One of the larger divisions of the crown of a tooth, formed from a distinct point of calcification.

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Science definitions for lobe

lobe

[ lōb ]

A rounded projection, as on a leaf or petal. The leaves of many oak species have prominent lobes.
An anatomical division of an organ of the body. The liver, lungs, and brain are all characterized by lobes that are held in place by connective tissue.
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