vinculum

[ ving-kyuh-luhm ]
/ ˈvɪŋ kyə ləm /

noun, plural vin·cu·la [ving-kyuh-luh]. /ˈvɪŋ kyə lə/.

a bond signifying union or unity; tie.
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.

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Origin of vinculum

1655–65; <Latin: fetter, equivalent to vinc(īre) to bind + -ulum-ule
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British Dictionary definitions for vinculum

vinculum
/ (ˈvɪŋkjʊləm) /

noun plural -la (-lə)

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)
anatomy
  1. any bandlike structure, esp one uniting two or more parts
  2. another name for ligament
rare a unifying bond; tie

Word Origin for vinculum

C17: from Latin: bond, from vincīre to bind
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Medical definitions for vinculum

vinculum
[ vĭngkyə-ləm ]

n. pl. vin•cu•lums

A uniting band or bandlike structure, such as a frenum or ligament.
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