vallecula


val·lec·u·la

noun \va-ˈle-kyə-lə, və-\
plural val·lec·u·lae\-kyə-ˌlē, -ˌlī\

Definition of VALLECULA

:  an anatomical groove, channel, or depression; especially :  one between the base of the tongue and the epiglottis
val·lec·u·lar \-lər\ adjective

Origin of VALLECULA

New Latin, from Late Latin, little valley, diminutive of Latin valles valley — more at vale
First Known Use: 1859

val·lec·u·la

noun \va-ˈlek-yə-lə\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural val·lec·u·lae \-ˌlē\

Medical Definition of VALLECULA

: an anatomical groove, channel, or depression: as a : a groove between the base of the tongue and the epiglottis b : a fossa on the underside of the cerebellum separating the hemispheres and including the inferior vermis
val·lec·u·lar \-yə-lər\ adjective

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