tu·​ni·​ca | \ ˈtü-ni-kə How to pronounce tunica (audio) , ˈtyü- \
plural tunicae\ ˈtü-​nə-​ˌkē How to pronounce tunicae (audio) , -​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

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First Known Use of tunica

circa 1698, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tunica

Latin, tunic, membrane

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“Tunica.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tunica. Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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tu·​ni·​ca | \ ˈt(y)ü-ni-kə How to pronounce tunica (audio) \
plural tunicae\ -​nə-​ˌkē How to pronounce tunicae (audio) , -​ˌkī How to pronounce tunicae (audio) , -​ˌsē How to pronounce tunicae (audio) \

Medical Definition of tunica

: an enveloping membrane or layer of body tissue

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