plural trophonemata
-ˈnēmətə -ˈnem-
: one of the glandular filaments that develop from the inner uterine surface in viviparous elasmobranchs and secrete a nutritive fluid for the embryo

Word History


New Latin, from troph- + -nema

First Known Use

1891, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of trophonema was in 1891

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“Trophonema.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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