tae·​nia ˈtē-nē-ə How to pronounce taenia (audio)
variants or less commonly tenia
plural taeniae ˈtē-nē-ˌī How to pronounce taenia (audio)
or taenias
: a band on a Doric order separating the frieze from the architrave
: an ancient Greek fillet

Examples of taenia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Additionally, winners may have received a woolen ribbon, called a taenia, to wrap around their heads and a palm frond to brandish. Marisa Sloan, Discover Magazine, 5 Aug. 2021

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Word History


Latin, ribbon, fillet, from Greek tainia; akin to Greek teinein to stretch — more at thin

First Known Use

1563, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of taenia was in 1563

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Cite this Entry

“Taenia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/taenia. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


tae·​nia ˈtē-nē-ə How to pronounce taenia (audio)
also tenia plural taenias also tenias : tapeworm
capitalized : a genus of cyclophyllidean tapeworms that is the type of the family Taeniidae, that comprises forms usually occurring as adults in the intestines of carnivores and as larvae in various ruminants, and that includes the beef tapeworm (T. saginata) and the pork tapeworm (T. solium) of humans
also tenia plural taeniae -nē-ˌē How to pronounce taenia (audio) -ˌī How to pronounce taenia (audio) or taenias also teniae or tenias : a band of nervous tissue or of muscle
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