carina

noun

ca·​ri·​na kə-ˈrī-nə How to pronounce carina (audio) -ˈrē- How to pronounce carina (audio)
plural carinas or carinae kə-ˈrī-ˌnē How to pronounce carina (audio)
-ˈrē-ˌnī
1
: a keel-shaped anatomical part, ridge, or process
2
Carina : a constellation in the southern hemisphere lying near the Southern Cross that is represented by the figure of a ship's keel

Examples of carina in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cancer may also be found in the bronchus, pleura, diaphragm, chest wall, breastbone, backbone, phrenic nerve, pericardium, vena cava, aorta, pharynx, trachea, esophagus, and/or carina (the area where the trachea branches into the bronchi). Lynne Eldridge, Verywell Health, 15 Aug. 2023

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'carina.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Latin, hull, keel — more at careen

First Known Use

circa 1704, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of carina was circa 1704

Dictionary Entries Near carina

Cite this Entry

“Carina.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/carina. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

carina

noun
ca·​ri·​na kə-ˈrī-nə How to pronounce carina (audio) -ˈrē- How to pronounce carina (audio)
plural carinas or carinae -ˈrī-ˌnē, -ˈrē-ˌnī How to pronounce carina (audio)
: any of various keel-shaped anatomical structures, ridges, or processes: as
a
: a ridge on the lower surface of the fornix of the brain
b
: the ventral distal part of the vagina
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!