tae·​nia | \ ˈtē-nē-ə How to pronounce taenia (audio) \
variants: or less commonly
plural taeniae\ ˈtē-​nē-​ˌī How to pronounce taeniae (audio) , -​ˌē \ or taenias

Definition of taenia

1 : a band on a Doric order separating the frieze from the architrave
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

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“Taenia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/taenia. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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

Medical Definition of taenia

1a also tenia \ ˈtē-​nē-​ə How to pronounce tenia (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 taeniae (audio) , -​ˌī How to pronounce taeniae (audio) \ or taenias also teniae or tenias : a band of nervous tissue or of muscle

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