taenia

noun tae·nia \ˈtē-nē-ə\

Definition of taenia

plural

taeniae

play play \-nē-ˌī, -ˌē\ or

taenias

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

  2. 2 :  tapeworm

  3. 3 :  an ancient Greek fillet

Variants of taenia

less commonly

\ˈtē-nē-ə\

Origin and Etymology of taenia

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


First Known Use: 1563


Medical Dictionary

taenia

play play
noun tae·nia \ˈtē-nē-ə\

Medical Definition of taenia

  1. 1a also tenia \ˈtē-nē-ə\play play plural taenias also tenias :  tapewormb 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. 2 also tenia plural taeniae \-nē-ˌē, -ˌī\play play or taenias also teniae or tenias :  a band of nervous tissue or of muscle


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