Origin and Etymology of vallecula
borrowed from New Latin vallēcula, going back to Latin, “small valley,” from vallēs, vallis “valley” (of uncertain origin) + -cula, diminutive suffix
First Known Use: 1859
Medical Definition of vallecula
: an anatomical groove, channel, or depression: asa: a groove between the base of the tongue and the epiglottisb: a fossa on the underside of the cerebellum separating the hemispheres and including the inferior vermis
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