taenia

noun tae·nia \ ˈtē-nē-ə \
variants: or less commonly

Definition of taenia

plural taeniae play \ˈtē-nē-ˌī, -ˌē\ or taenias
1 : a band on a Doric order separating the frieze from the architrave
2 : tapeworm
3 : an ancient Greek fillet

Origin and Etymology of taenia

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


Medical Dictionary

taenia

noun tae·nia \ ˈtē-nē-ə \

medical Definition of taenia

1 a also tenia play \ˈtē-nē-ə\
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 play \-nē-ˌē, -ˌī\ or taenias also teniae or tenias : a band of nervous tissue or of muscle

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