[ 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.
Also lu·nule [loo-nyool] /ˈlu nyul/.

Origin of lunula

1565–75; < Latin lūnula, equivalent to lūn(a) moon + -ula -ule


pseu·do·lu·nu·la, noun, plural pseu·do·lu·nu·lae.pseu·do·lu·nule, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for lunule


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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Medicine definitions for lunule

[ 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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