lunula

[ loo-nyuh-luh ]
/ ˈlu nyə lə /

noun, plural lu·nu·lae [loo-nyuh-lee]. /ˈlu nyəˌli/.

something shaped like a narrow crescent, as the small, pale area at the base of the fingernail.

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Also lu·nule [loo-nyool]. /ˈlu nyul/.

Origin of lunula

First recorded in 1565–75; from Latin lūnula “crescent-shaped ornament,” literally “little moon,” equivalent to lūn(a) “moon” + -ula, feminine diminutive noun suffix; see -ule

OTHER WORDS FROM lunula

pseu·do·lu·nu·la, noun, plural pseu·do·lu·nu·lae.pseu·do·lu·nule, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for lunula

lunula

lunule (ˈluːnjuːl)

/ (ˈluːnjʊlə) /

noun plural -nulae (-njʊˌliː) or -nules

the white crescent-shaped area at the base of the human fingernailNontechnical name: half-moon

Word Origin for lunula

C16: from Latin: small moon, from lūna
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Medical definitions for lunula

lunula
[ lōōnyə-lə ]

n. pl. lu•nu•lae (-lē′)

A small crescent-shaped structure or marking, especially the proximal region at the base of a fingernail that resembles a half-moon.
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