lamella

noun la·mel·la \ lə-ˈme-lə \
Updated on: 16 Apr 2018

Definition of lamella

plural lamellae play \lə-ˈme-(ˌ)lē, -ˌlī\ also lamellas
: a thin flat scale, membrane, or layer: such as
a : one of the thin plates composing the gills of a bivalve mollusk
b : a gill of a mushroom

Examples of lamella in a Sentence

  1. the gemstone's distinctive iridescence is caused by light passing from one lamella of crystal to another

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Origin and Etymology of lamella

New Latin, from Latin, diminutive of lamina thin plate

lamella Synonyms

Synonyms

lamina, plate, scale;

Related Words

chip, flake, sliver, splint, splinter;

leaf, sheet, slice;


Medical Dictionary

lamella

noun la·mel·la \ lə-ˈmel-ə \

medical Definition of lamella

plural lamellae play \-ˈme-ˌlē, -ˌlī\ also lamellas
1 : an organ, process, or part resembling a plate: as
a : one of the bony concentric layers surrounding the haversian canals in bone
b (1) : one of the incremental layers of cementum laid down in a tooth
(2) : a thin sheetlike organic structure in the enamel of a tooth extending inward from a surface crack
2 : a small medicated disk prepared from gelatin and glycerin for use especially in the eyes
  • lamellae of atropine


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