lamina

noun lam·i·na \ ˈla-mə-nə \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of lamina

plural laminae play \ˈla-mə-ˌnē, -ˌnī\ or laminas
1 : a thin plate or scale : layer
2 : either of two broad, flat plates of bone of a vertebra that is fused with and extends from the pedicle to the median line of the neural arch to form the base of the spinous process and that along with the pedicle forms the posterior part of the vertebral foramen
3 : the expanded part of a foliage leaf
4 : one of the narrow thin parallel plates of soft vascular sensitive tissue that cover the flesh within the wall of a hoof

Examples of lamina in a Sentence

  1. the laminae of stratified rock were deposited separately, building upwards as time passed

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Origin and Etymology of lamina

Latin

lamina Synonyms

Synonyms
lamella, 2scale, plate
Related Words
chip, flake, sliver, splint, splinter; leaf, sheet, slice

Medical Dictionary

lamina

noun lam·i·na \ ˈlam-ə-nə \

medical Definition of lamina

plural laminae play \-ˌnē, -ˌnī\ or laminas
: a thin plate or layer especially of an anatomical part: as
a : the part of the neural arch of a vertebra extending from the pedicle to the median line
b : one of the narrow thin parallel plates of soft vascular sensitive tissue that cover the pododerm of the walls of an animal's hoof and fit between corresponding horny laminae on the inside of the wall of the hoof


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