ranula

[ ran-yuh-luh ]
/ ˈræn yə lə /
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noun Pathology.

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

Nearby words

  1. rant,
  2. rant and rave,
  3. rantallion,
  4. ranters,
  5. rantoul,
  6. ranula pancreatica,
  7. ranunculaceous,
  8. ranunculus,
  9. ranvier,
  10. ranvier's node

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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British Dictionary definitions for ranula

ranula

/ (ˈrænjʊlə) /

noun

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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Medicine definitions for ranula

ranula

[ rănyə-lə ]

n.

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


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