involucrum

noun

in·​vo·​lu·​crum ˌin-və-ˈlü-krəm How to pronounce involucrum (audio)
plural involucra ˌin-və-ˈlü-krə How to pronounce involucrum (audio)
: a surrounding envelope or sheath

Examples of involucrum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Its jaws and teeth were similar to those of early whales, but the best evidence was the presence of a thickened knob of bone in its middle ear, called an involucrum. Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 7 May 2010

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Word History

Etymology

borrowed from New Latin involūcrum, going back to Latin, "wrapper, cover, envelope," from involū-, variant stem of involvere "to move by rolling, roll back on itself, enclose in a covering, wrap up" + -crum, variant of -culum, instrumental suffix (going back to Indo-European *-tlom) before a preceding l — more at involve

First Known Use

1657, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of involucrum was in 1657

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Cite this Entry

“Involucrum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/involucrum. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

involucrum

noun
in·​vo·​lu·​crum ˌin-və-ˈlü-krəm How to pronounce involucrum (audio)
plural involucra -krə How to pronounce involucrum (audio)
: a formation of new bone about a sequestrum (as in osteomyelitis)
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