taenia

noun
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) , -​ˌē \ or taenias

Definition of taenia

1 : a band on a Doric order separating the frieze from the architrave
2 : tapeworm
3 : an ancient Greek fillet

First Known Use of taenia

1563, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for taenia

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

Learn More About taenia

Dictionary Entries Near taenia

taen-

taenia

Taeniada

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for taenia

Cite this Entry

“Taenia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/taenia. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for taenia

taenia

noun
tae·​nia | \ ˈtē-nē-ə How to pronounce taenia (audio) \

Medical Definition of taenia

1a also tenia \ ˈtē-​nē-​ə How to pronounce taenia (audio) \ plural taenias also tenias : tapeworm
b 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
2 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

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Odd Habits and Quirks

  • image1926873504
  • Which of the following best describes an easily irritated person?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

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!