lamella

noun
la·mel·la | \lə-ˈme-lə \
plural lamellae\lə-ˈme-(ˌ)lē, -ˌlī \ also lamellas

Definition of lamella 

: 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

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Synonyms for lamella

Synonyms

lamina, plate, scale

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Examples of lamella in a Sentence

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

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The beak’s two yellow ridges, called the lamella and the cere, lit up. Julissa Treviño, Smithsonian, "Puffin Beaks Are Fluorescent, and They’re Not the Only Ones," 9 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of lamella

1678, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lamella

New Latin, from Latin, diminutive of lamina thin plate

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lamella

noun
la·mel·la | \lə-ˈmel-ə \
plural lamellae\-ˈme-ˌlē, -ˌlī \ also lamellas

Medical Definition of lamella 

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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