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radula

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noun rad·u·la \ˈra-jə-lə\

Definition of radula

plural rad·u·laeplay \-ˌlē, -ˌlī\ also rad·u·las

  1. :  a horny band or ribbon in mollusks other than bivalves that bears minute chitinous teeth on its dorsal surface and scrapes or tears off food and draws it into the mouth

rad·u·lar play \-lər\ adjective


Origin of radula

New Latin, from Latin, scraper, from radere to scrape — more at rodent


First Known Use: circa 1859


Medical Dictionary

radula

play
noun rad·u·la \ˈraj-ə-lə\

Medical Definition of radula

plural rad·u·lae \-ˌlē, -ˌlī\play play also rad·u·las

  1. :  a horny band or ribbon in mollusks other than bivalves that bears minute teeth on its dorsal surface and tears up food and draws it into the mouth and that in some members of the gastropod genus Conus is used to inflict a poisonous and sometimes fatal bite

  2. rad·u·lar \-lər\play adjective




Learn More about radula

  1. Medical Dictionary: Definition of "radula" Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about "radula"


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