laminaria

noun lam·i·nar·ia \ ˌla-mə-ˈner-ē-ə \

Definition of laminaria

: 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


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laminaria

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

medical Definition of laminaria

: 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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