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noun Pathology.
  1. a cystic tumor formed beneath the tongue, caused by obstruction of the sublingual or submaxillary gland or of a mucous gland.
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Origin of ranula

1650–60; < Latin rānula little frog, swelling, equivalent to rān(a) frog + -ula -ule
Related formsran·u·lar, adjective
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Examples from the Web for ranula

Historical Examples

  • Ranula was treated by being lifted well forward by means of a sharp iron hook and then split with a razor.

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    James J. Walsh

  • Seba (1734:70) illustrated and diagnosed a frog for which he used the name Ranula, Americana, Rubra.

British Dictionary definitions for ranula


  1. a saliva-filled cyst that develops under the tongue
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Word Origin

C17: from Latin rana frog + -ula from Latin -ulus, small
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ranula in Medicine


  1. A cyst on the underside of the tongue or the mouth floor caused by an obstructed salivary gland duct.ptyalocele sialocele sublingual cyst
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Related formsranu•lar (-lər) adj.
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