spica

noun (1)
spi·​ca | \ ˈspī-kə How to pronounce spica (audio) \
plural spicae\ ˈspī-​ˌkē How to pronounce spica (audio) \ or spicas

Definition of spica

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Spica

noun (2)
Spi·​ca | \ ˈspī-kə How to pronounce Spica (audio) \

Definition of Spica (Entry 2 of 2)

: a star of the first magnitude in the constellation Virgo

First Known Use of spica

Noun (1)

circa 1731, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spica

Noun (1)

Latin, ear of grain — more at spine

Noun (2)

Latin, literally, ear of grain

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“Spica.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spica. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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spica

noun
spi·​ca | \ ˈspī-kə How to pronounce spica (audio) \
plural spicae\ -​ˌkē How to pronounce spica (audio) \ or spicas

Medical Definition of spica

: 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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