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raphe

[rey-fee]
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noun, plural ra·phae [rey-fee] /ˈreɪ fi/.
  1. Anatomy. a seamlike union between two parts or halves of an organ or the like.
  2. Botany.
    1. (in certain ovules) a ridge connecting the hilum with the chalaza.
    2. a median line or slot on a cell wall of a diatom.
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Origin of raphe

1745–55; < New Latin < Greek rhaphḗ seam, suture, akin to rháptein to sew, stitch together
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raphe

noun plural -phae (-fiː)
  1. an elongated ridge of conducting tissue along the side of certain seeds
  2. a longitudinal groove on the valve of a diatom
  3. anatomy a connecting ridge, such as that between the two halves of the medulla oblongata
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Word Origin

C18: via New Latin from Greek rhaphē a seam, from rhaptein to sew together
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Word Origin and History for raphe

n.

"seam, suture" (medical), 1753, medical Latin, from Greek rhaphe "seam, suture (of a skull)," from rhaptein "to sew together, stitch" (see wrap).

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raphe in Medicine

raphe

n. pl. ra•phae (-fē′)
  1. A seamlike line or ridge between two similar parts of a body organ, as in the scrotum.
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raphe in Science

raphe

[rāfē′]
Plural raphae (fē′)
  1. A seamlike line or ridge between two similar parts of a body organ, as in the scrotum.
  2. The portion of the funiculus that is united to the ovule wall, commonly visible as a line or ridge on the seed coat.
  3. A groove in the frustule of some diatoms.
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