[ truh-bek-yuh-luh ]
/ trəˈbɛk yə lə /
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noun, plural tra·bec·u·lae [truh-bek-yuh-lee]. /trəˈbɛk yəˌli/.
Anatomy, Botany. a structural part resembling a small beam or crossbar.
Botany. one of the projections from the cell wall that extends across the cavity of the ducts of certain plants, or the plate of cells across the cavity of the sporangium of a moss.
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Origin of trabecula
1815–25; <New Latin trabēcula,Latin: little beam, equivalent to trabē(s) beam + -cula-cule1
OTHER WORDS FROM trabeculatra·bec·u·lar, tra·bec·u·late [truh-bek-yuh-lit, -leyt], /trəˈbɛk yə lɪt, -ˌleɪt/, adjectivein·ter·tra·bec·u·lar, adjective
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How to use trabecula in a sentence
The blood-vessels enter at one spot, the hilum, and are distributed along the trabeculae.
Sperm sacs generally occupying a good many segments and with simple interior undivided by a network of trabeculae.
Sperm sacs generally limited to one or two segments with interior subdivided by trabeculae.
The bony trabeculae and the cortex are destroyed only secondarily.Surgery, with Special Reference to Podiatry|Maximilian Stern
In the interior of the ventricle is a network of muscular trabeculae.
British Dictionary definitions for trabecula
/ (trəˈbɛkjʊlə) /
noun plural -lae (-ˌliː) anatomy botany
any of various rod-shaped structures that divide organs into separate chambers
any of various rod-shaped cells or structures that bridge a cavity, as within the capsule of a moss or across the lumen of a cell
Derived forms of trabeculatrabecular or trabeculate, adjective
Word Origin for trabecula
C19: via New Latin from Latin: a little beam, from trabs a beam
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