lamella

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noun la·mel·la \lə-ˈme-lə\

Definition of lamella

plural

lamellae

play \lə-ˈme-(ˌ)lē, -ˌlī\ also

lamellas

  1. :  a thin flat scale, membrane, or layer: such asa :  one of the thin plates composing the gills of a bivalve molluskb :  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

Origin and Etymology of lamella

New Latin, from Latin, diminutive of lamina thin plate


First Known Use: 1678


Medical Dictionary

lamella

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noun la·mel·la \lə-ˈmel-ə\

Medical Definition of lamella

plural

lamellae

\-ˈme-ˌlē, -ˌlī\play play also

lamellas

  1. 1:  an organ, process, or part resembling a plate: asa:  one of the bony concentric layers surrounding the haversian canals in boneb (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. 2:  a small medicated disk prepared from gelatin and glycerin for use especially in the eyes lamellae of atropine



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