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lamella

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noun la·mel·la \lə-ˈme-lə\

Definition of lamella

plural la·mel·lae play \-ˈme-(ˌ)lē, -ˌlī\ also lamellas

  1. :  a thin flat scale, membrane, or layer: as a :  one of the thin plates composing the gills of a bivalve mollusk b :  a gill of a mushroom



Examples of lamella

  1. <the gemstone's distinctive iridescence is caused by light passing from one lamella of crystal to another>



Origin of lamella

New Latin, from Latin, diminutive of lamina thin plate


First Known Use: 1678


Medical Dictionary

lamella

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noun la·mel·la \lə-ˈmel-ə\

Medical Definition of lamella

plural la·mel·lae \-ˈme-ˌlē, -ˌlī\play play also lamellas

  1. 1:  an organ, process, or part resembling a plate: asa:  one of the bony concentric layers surrounding the haversian canals in boneb:  one of the incremental layers of cementum laid down in a tooth:  a thin sheetlike organic structure in the enamel of a tooth extending inward from a surface crack

  2. 2:  a small medicated disk prepared from gelatin and glycerin for use especially in the eyes <lamellae of atropine>




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