ligula

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noun lig·u·la \ˈli-gyə-lə\

Definition of ligula

plural

ligulae

play \-ˌlē, -ˌlī\ also

ligulas

  1. 1 :  ligule

  2. 2 :  the distal lobed part of the labium of an insect

Origin and Etymology of ligula

New Latin


First Known Use: circa 1760


Medical Dictionary

ligula

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noun lig·u·la \ˈlig-yə-lə\

Medical Definition of ligula

  1. 1 capitalized :  a genus of tapeworms of the family Diphyllobothriidae that lack external evidence of segmentation, that as adults are usually extremely short-lived internal parasites of fish-eating birds but include one (L. intestinalis) found rarely in humans, and that develop almost to maturity in the body cavity of freshwater fishes

  2. 2:  a larval tapeworm developing reproductive organs and living in the body cavity of a fish


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