[ tuh-men-tuhm ]
/ təˈmɛn təm /
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noun, plural to·men·ta [tuh-men-tuh]. /təˈmɛn tə/. Botany, Entomology.

pubescence consisting of longish, soft, entangled hairs pressed close to the surface.



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Origin of tomentum

1690–1700; <New Latin tōmentum,Latin: stuffing (of wool, hair, etc.) for cushions
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British Dictionary definitions for tomentum

/ (təˈmɛntəm) /

noun plural -ta (-tə)

a feltlike covering of downy hairs on leaves and other plant parts
a network of minute blood vessels occurring in the human brain between the pia mater and cerebral cortex

Derived forms of tomentum

tomentose (təˈmɛntəʊs), adjective

Word Origin for tomentum

C17: New Latin, from Latin: stuffing for cushions; related to Latin tumēre to swell
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Medical definitions for tomentum

[ tō-mĕntəm ]

n. pl. to•men•ta (-tə)

A network of extremely small blood vessels passing between the pia mater and the cerebral cortex.
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