or te·ni·a


noun, plural tae·ni·ae [tee-nee-ee] /ˈti niˌi/.

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.

Nearby words

  1. tae kwon do,
  2. taedium vitae,
  3. taegu,
  4. taejon,
  5. tael,
  6. taenia saginata,
  7. taenia solium,
  8. taeniacide,
  9. taeniafuge,
  10. taeniasis

Origin of taenia

1555–65; < Latin < Greek tainía band, ribbon; (in def 4) < New Latin, Latin, as above

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British Dictionary definitions for taenia


US tenia

noun plural -niae (-nɪˌiː)

(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

Word Origin for taenia

C16: via Latin from Greek tainia narrow strip; related to Greek teinein to stretch

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Medicine definitions for taenia


n. pl tae•ni•as

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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