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/ 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 term caries is employed to indicate any diseased process associated with crumbling away of the trabecular framework of a bone.Manual of Surgery|Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
The trabecular floor of the brain does not long remain simple.The Origin of Vertebrates|Walter Holbrook Gaskell
The hepatic cells are present in large numbers, and have their natural trabecular arrangement.Poisons: Their Effects and Detection|Alexander Wynter Blyth
There are also less obvious changes in the density of the shadow and in the arrangement of the trabecular structure of the bones.
As a result of structural changes, these bones become bowed, while their internal trabecular structure is altered.Surgery, with Special Reference to Podiatry|Maximilian Stern
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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