raphe


ra·phe

noun \ˈrā-(ˌ)fē\

Definition of RAPHE

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

New Latin, from Greek rhaphē seam, from rhaptein to sew
First Known Use: circa 1753

ra·phe

noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of RAPHE

: 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

ra·phe also rha·phe \ˈrā-fē\

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