vallecula

noun
val·lec·u·la | \ va-ˈle-kyə-lə , və- \
plural valleculae\va-ˈle-kyə-ˌlē, -ˌlī \

Definition of vallecula 

: an anatomical groove, channel, or depression especially : one between the base of the tongue and the epiglottis

Other words from vallecula

vallecular \va-ˈle-kyə-lər \ adjective

First Known Use of vallecula

1859, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vallecula

borrowed from New Latin vallēcula, going back to Latin, "small valley," from vallēs, vallis "valley" (of uncertain origin) + -cula, diminutive suffix

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vallecula

noun
val·lec·u·la | \ va-ˈlek-yə-lə \
plural valleculae\-ˌlē \

Medical Definition of vallecula 

: an anatomical groove, channel, or depression: as

a : a groove between the base of the tongue and the epiglottis

b : a fossa on the underside of the cerebellum separating the hemispheres and including the inferior vermis

Other words from vallecula

vallecular \-yə-lər \ adjective

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