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raphe

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noun ra·phe \ˈrā-(ˌ)fē\

Definition of raphe

  1. 1 :  the seamlike union of the two lateral halves of a part or organ (as the tongue) having externally a ridge or furrow

  2. 2 a :  the part of the stalk of an anatropous ovary that is united in growth to the outside covering and forms a ridge along the body of the ovule b :  the median line or slit of the valve of certain diatoms



Origin and Etymology of raphe

New Latin, from Greek rhaphē seam, from rhaptein to sew


First Known Use: circa 1753


Medical Dictionary

raphe

noun ra·phe

Medical Definition of raphe

  1. :  the seamlike union of the two lateral halves of a part or organ (as of the tongue, perineum, or scrotum) having externally a ridge or furrow and internally usually a fibrous connective tissue septum



Variants of raphe

also

rhaphe

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Learn More about raphe

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


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