laminaria

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noun lam·i·nar·ia \ˌla-mə-ˈner-ē-ə\

Definition of laminaria

  1. :  any of a genus (Laminaria) of large chiefly perennial kelps with an unbranched cylindrical or flattened stipe and a smooth or convoluted blade; broadly :  any of various related kelps (order Laminariales)

laminarian

play \ˌla-mə-ˈner-ē-ən\ adjective or noun

Origin and Etymology of laminaria

New Latin, from Latin lamina


First Known Use: 1848


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laminaria

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noun lam·i·nar·ia \ˌlam-ə-ˈner-ē-ə, -ˈnar-\

Medical Definition of laminaria

  1. :  any of a genus (Laminaria) of large chiefly perennial kelps of which some have been used to dilate the cervix in performing an abortion

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