tunica

noun
tu·ni·ca | \ˈtü-ni-kə, ˈtyü-\
plural tunicae\ˈtü-nə-ˌkē, -ˌkī, -ˌsē, ˈtyü- \

Definition of tunica 

: an enveloping membrane or layer of body tissue

Examples of tunica in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

But when too much pressure is placed on the tissue, the external envelope surrounding the corpus cavernosa -- called the tunica albuginea -- can tear, causing a corporal rupture, according to Purohit. Mark Lieber, CNN, "Every man's nightmare: The serious case of the 'Broken Bananah'," 18 Apr. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'tunica.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of tunica

circa 1698, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tunica

Latin, tunic, membrane

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about tunica

Statistics for tunica

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for tunica

The first known use of tunica was circa 1698

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for tunica

tunica

noun
tu·ni·ca | \ˈt(y)ü-ni-kə \
plural tunicae\-nə-ˌkē, -ˌkī, -ˌsē \

Medical Definition of tunica 

: an enveloping membrane or layer of body tissue

More from Merriam-Webster on tunica

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about tunica

Comments on tunica

What made you want to look up tunica? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

lying above or upon

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!