tapetum

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noun ta·pe·tum \tə-ˈpē-təm\

Definition of tapetum

plural

tapeta

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  1. 1 :  any of various reflective membranous layers or areas especially of the choroid and retina of the eye

  2. 2 :  a layer of nutritive cells that invests the sporogenous tissue in the sporangium of vascular plants

Origin and Etymology of tapetum

New Latin, from Latin tapete carpet, tapestry, from Greek tapēt-, tapēs carpet


First Known Use: 1713


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tapetum

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noun ta·pe·tum \tə-ˈpēt-əm\

Medical Definition of tapetum

plural

tapeta

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  1. 1:  any of various membranous layers or areas especially of the choroid and retina of the eye; specifically :  tapetum lucidum

  2. 2:  a layer of nerve fibers derived from the corpus callosum and forming part of the roof of each lateral ventricle of the brain


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