men·​tum | \ ˈmen-təm How to pronounce mentum (audio) \
plural menta\ ˈmen-​tə How to pronounce mentum (audio) \

Definition of mentum

: a median plate of the labium of an insect

Examples of mentum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The name actually comes from the Latin mentum, meaning chin, which is where the gland is located in the male lungless salamander. National Geographic, "7 Amazing Animal Organs People Don't Have," 14 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of mentum

1826, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mentum

Latin, chin — more at mouth

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“Mentum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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men·​tum | \ ˈment-əm How to pronounce mentum (audio) \
plural menta\ -​ə How to pronounce mentum (audio) \

Medical Definition of mentum

: chin

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