spica

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noun spi·ca \ˈspī-kə\

Definition of spica

plural

spicae

play \ˈspī-ˌkē\ or

spicas

  1. :  a bandage that is applied in successive V-shaped crossings and is used to immobilize a limb especially at a joint

Origin and Etymology of spica

Latin, ear of grain — more at spine


First Known Use: circa 1731


Spica

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noun Spi·ca \ˈspī-kə\

Definition of Spica

  1. :  a star of the first magnitude in the constellation Virgo

Origin and Etymology of spica

Latin, literally, ear of grain


First Known Use: 15th century


Medical Dictionary

spica

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noun spi·ca \ˈspī-kə\

Medical Definition of spica

plural

spicae

\-ˌkē\play or

spicas

  1. :  a bandage that is applied in successive V-shaped crossings and is used to immobilize a limb especially at a joint; also :  such a bandage impregnated with plaster of paris a spica cast applied at the hip


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