laminaria


lam·i·nar·ia

noun \ˌla-mə-ˈner-ē-ə\

Definition of LAMINARIA

:  any of a genus (Laminaria) of large chiefly perennial kelps with an unbranched cylindrical or flattened stipe and a smooth or convoluted blade; broadly :  any of various related kelps (order Laminariales)
lam·i·nar·i·an \-ē-ən\ adjective or noun

Origin of LAMINARIA

New Latin, from Latin lamina
First Known Use: 1848

lam·i·nar·ia

noun \ˌlam-ə-ˈner-ē-ə, -ˈnar-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of LAMINARIA

: any of a genus (Laminaria) of large chiefly perennial kelps of which some have been used to dilate the cervix in performing an abortion

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