or te·ni·a

[ tee-nee-uh ]
/ ˈti ni ə /

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.

Origin of taenia

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

/ (ˈtiːnɪə) /

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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Medical definitions for taenia (1 of 2)


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.

Medical definitions for taenia (2 of 2)

[ tēnē-ə ]


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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