pecten

noun
pec·​ten | \ ˈpek-tən How to pronounce pecten (audio) \
plural pectens

Definition of pecten

2 plural usually pectines\ ˈpek-​tə-​ˌnēz How to pronounce pecten (audio) \ : a body part that resembles a comb especially : a folded vascular pigmented membrane projecting into the vitreous humor in the eye of a bird or reptile

First Known Use of pecten

1682, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pecten

New Latin pectin-, pecten, from Latin, comb, scallop

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about pecten

Time Traveler for pecten

Time Traveler

The first known use of pecten was in 1682

See more words from the same year

Statistics for pecten

Cite this Entry

“Pecten.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pecten. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for pecten

pecten

noun
pec·​ten | \ ˈpek-tən How to pronounce pecten (audio) \
plural pectines\ -​tə-​ˌnēz How to pronounce pecten (audio) \

Medical Definition of pecten

: a body part that resembles a comb especially : a folded vascular pigmented membrane projecting into the vitreous body in the eye of a bird or reptile

Comments on pecten

What made you want to look up pecten? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Words of Snow and Ice Quiz

  • image1037863653
  • Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Typeshift

Anagram puzzles meet word search.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!