raphe

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noun ra·phe \ˈrā-(ˌ)fē\

Definition of raphe

  1. 1 :  the seamlike union of the two lateral halves of a part or organ (such as the tongue) having externally a ridge or furrow

  2. 2a :  the part of the stalk of an anatropous ovary that is united in growth to the outside covering and forms a ridge along the body of the ovuleb :  the median line or slit of the valve of certain diatoms

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Origin and Etymology of raphe

New Latin, from Greek rhaphē seam, from rhaptein to sew


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raphe

noun ra·phe
variants: also

rhaphe

\ˈrā-fē\play

Medical Definition of raphe

  1. :  the seamlike union of the two lateral halves of a part or organ (as of the tongue, perineum, or scrotum) having externally a ridge or furrow and internally usually a fibrous connective tissue septum


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