vallecula

[ vuh-lek-yuh-luh ]
/ vəˈlɛk yə lə /

noun, plural val·lec·u·lae [vuh-lek-yuh-lee]. /vəˈlɛk yəˌli/. Biology.

a furrow or depression.

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Origin of vallecula

1855–60; <Late Latin, equivalent to valle(s) valley + Latin -cula-cule1

OTHER WORDS FROM vallecula

val·lec·u·lar, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for vallecula

vallecula
/ (vəˈlɛkjʊlə) /

noun plural -lae (-ˌliː)

anatomy any of various natural depressions or crevices, such as certain fissures of the brain
botany a small groove or furrow in a plant stem or fruit

Derived forms of vallecula

vallecular or valleculate, adjective

Word Origin for vallecula

C19: from Late Latin: little valley, from Latin vallis valley
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Medical definitions for vallecula

vallecula
[ vă-lĕkyə-lə, və- ]

n. pl. val•lec•u•lae (-lē′)

An anatomical crevice or depression on any surface, such as the deep hollow on the inferior surface of the cerebellum, between the hemispheres, in which the medulla oblongata rests.
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