- a cystic tumor formed beneath the tongue, caused by obstruction of the sublingual or submaxillary gland or of a mucous gland.
Origin of ranula
1650–60; < Latin rānula little frog, swelling, equivalent to rān(a) frog + -ula -ule
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Ranula was treated by being lifted well forward by means of a sharp iron hook and then split with a razor.Old-Time Makers of Medicine
James J. Walsh
Seba (1734:70) illustrated and diagnosed a frog for which he used the name Ranula, Americana, Rubra.
- a saliva-filled cyst that develops under the tongue
Word Origin for ranula
C17: from Latin rana frog + -ula from Latin -ulus, small
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- 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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