noun \ˈli-gyə-lə\
plural lig·u·lae\-ˌlē, -ˌlī\ also lig·u·las

Definition of LIGULA

:  ligule
:  the distal lobed part of the labium of an insect

Origin of LIGULA

New Latin
First Known Use: circa 1760


noun \ˈlig-yə-lə\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of LIGULA

capitalized : a genus of tapeworms of the family Diphyllobothriidae that lack external evidence of segmentation, that as adults are usually extremely short-lived internal parasites of fish-eating birds but include one (L. intestinalis) found rarely in humans, and that develop almost to maturity in the body cavity of freshwater fishes
: a larval tapeworm developing reproductive organs and living in the body cavity of a fish


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