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lacuna

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noun la·cu·na \lə-ˈkü-nə, -ˈkyü-\

Simple Definition of lacuna

  • : a gap or blank space in something : a missing part

Full Definition of lacuna

plural la·cu·nae play \-ˈkyü-(ˌ)nē, -ˈkü-ˌnī\ also la·cu·nas play \-ˈkü-nəz, -ˈkyü-\

  1. 1 :  a blank space or a missing part :  gap <the evident lacunae in his story — Shirley Hazzard>; also :  deficiency 1 <despite all these lacunae, those reforms were a vast improvement — New Republic>

  2. 2 :  a small cavity, pit, or discontinuity in an anatomical structure

la·cu·nar play \-ˈkü-nər, -ˈkyü-\ also la·cu·nate play \lə-ˈkü-nət, -ˈkyü-, -ˌnāt; ˈla-kyə-ˌnāt\ adjective

Examples of lacuna

  1. She found a lacuna in the historical record.

  2. <attributes many of the nation's problems to a lacuna of leadership at the top>



Origin of lacuna

Latin, pool, pit, gap — more at lagoon


First Known Use: 1652


Medical Dictionary

lacuna

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noun la·cu·na \lə-ˈk(y)ü-nə\

Medical Definition of lacuna

plural la·cu·nae \-ˈkyü-(ˌ)nē, -ˈkü-ˌnī\play play

  1. :  a small cavity, pit, or discontinuity in an anatomical structure: asa:  one of the follicles in the mucous membrane of the urethrab:  one of the minute cavities in bone or cartilage occupied by the osteocytes

  2. la·cu·nar \-ˈk(y)ü-nər\play play adjective



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