ligula

noun lig·u·la \ ˈli-gyə-lə \

Definition of ligula

plural ligulae play \ˈli-gyə-ˌlē, -ˌlī\ also ligulas
1 :ligule
2 :the distal lobed part of the labium of an insect

Origin and Etymology of ligula

New Latin


Medical Dictionary

ligula

noun lig·u·la \ ˈlig-yə-lə \

medical Definition of ligula

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

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