[ving-kyuh-luh m]
noun, plural vin·cu·la [ving-kyuh-luh] /ˈvɪŋ kyə lə/.
  1. a bond signifying union or unity; tie.
  2. Mathematics. a stroke or brace drawn over a quantity consisting of several members or terms, as , in order to show that they are to be considered together.

Origin of vinculum

1655–65; < Latin: fetter, equivalent to vinc(īre) to bind + -ulum -ule Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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noun plural -la (-lə)
  1. a horizontal line drawn above a group of mathematical terms, used as an alternative to parentheses in mathematical expressions, as in x + ̅ yz which is equivalent to x + (yz)
  2. anatomy
    1. any bandlike structure, esp one uniting two or more parts
    2. another name for ligament
  3. rare a unifying bond; tie

Word Origin for vinculum

C17: from Latin: bond, from vincīre to bind
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Word Origin and History for vincula



plural vincula, 1670s, from Latin vinc-, stem of vincire "to bind" (see wind (v.1)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

vincula in Medicine


n. pl. vin•cu•lums
  1. A uniting band or bandlike structure, such as a frenum or ligament.
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