[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. lunitidal interval,
  2. lunk,
  3. lunker,
  4. lunkhead,
  5. lunt,
  6. lunular,
  7. lunulate,
  8. luny,
  9. lunéville,
  10. luo

Also lu·nule [loo-nyool] /ˈlu nyul/.

Origin of lunula

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

Related formspseu·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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