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ranula

[ ran-yuh-luh ]

noun

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


ranula

/ ˈrænjʊlə /

noun

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


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Other Words From

  • ranu·lar adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of ranula1

1650–60; < Latin rānula little frog, swelling, equivalent to rān ( a ) frog + -ula -ule

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Word History and Origins

Origin of ranula1

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

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Example Sentences

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

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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