noun \ˈtē-nē-ə\
plural tae·ni·ae\-nē-ˌī, -ˌē\ or tae·nias

Definition of TAENIA

:  a band on a Doric order separating the frieze from the architrave
:  tapeworm
:  an ancient Greek fillet

Variants of TAENIA

tae·nia also te·nia \ˈtē-nē-ə\

Origin of TAENIA

Latin, ribbon, fillet, from Greek tainia; akin to Greek teinein to stretch — more at thin
First Known Use: 1563


noun \ˈtē-nē-ə\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of TAENIA

a also te·nia \ˈtē-nē-ə\ plural taenias also tenias : tapeworm b capitalized : a genus of cyclophyllidean tapeworms that is the type of the family Taeniidae, that comprises forms usually occurring as adults in the intestines of carnivores and as larvae in various ruminants, and that includes the beef tapeworm (T. saginata) and the pork tapeworm (T. solium) of humans
or tenia plural tae·ni·ae \-nē-ˌē, -ˌī\ or taenias or te·ni·ae or tenias : a band of nervous tissue or of muscle


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