taenia

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.

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Origin of taenia

First recorded in 1555–65; from Latin, from Greek tainía “band, ribbon”; defs. 4 is from New Latin, Latin, as above
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British Dictionary definitions for taenia

taenia

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)

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.

Medical definitions for taenia (2 of 2)

Taenia
[ tēnē-ə ]

n.

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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