- Classical Antiquity. a headband or fillet.
- Architecture. (on a Doric entablature) a fillet or band separating the frieze from the architrave.
- Anatomy. a ribbonlike structure, as certain bands of white nerve fibers in the brain.
- any tapeworm of the genus Taenia, parasitic in humans and other mammals.
Origin of taenia
1555–65; < Latin < Greek tainía band, ribbon; (in def 4) < New Latin, Latin, as above
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Examples from the Web for taenia
It is considered to be an effectual vermifuge for Taenia solium.
The taxonomic position of Taenia madagascariensis Davaine, 1870, a tapeworm parasite of man and rodents.The Biotic Associations of Cockroaches
Louis M. Roth
Not only ascarides, but also tape and thread worms (Taenia and Filaria), are to be constantly contended with.The Highlands of Ethiopia
William Cornwallis Harris
Each peduncle joins, along with the taenia semicircularis, the anterior pillar of the fornix of its own side.
A male head in high relief, wearing a taenia, is slightly bent forwards to the right.
- (in ancient Greece) a narrow fillet or headband for the hair
- architect the fillet between the architrave and frieze of a Doric entablature
- anatomy any bandlike structure or part
- any tapeworm of the genus Taenia, such as T. soleum, a parasite of man that uses the pig as its intermediate host
C16: via Latin from Greek tainia narrow strip; related to Greek teinein to stretch
- A ribbonlike band of tissue or muscle.
- A flatworm of the genus Taenia, which includes many tapeworms. Not in technical use.
- A genus of cestodes that formerly included most of the tapeworms but is now restricted to those species infecting carnivores with a cysticercus.
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