vallecula

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noun val·lec·u·la \va-ˈle-kyə-lə, və-\

Definition of vallecula

plural

valleculae

play \va-ˈle-kyə-ˌlē, -ˌlī\
  1. :  an anatomical groove, channel, or depression; especially :  one between the base of the tongue and the epiglottis

vallecular

play \va-ˈle-kyə-lər\ adjective

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


Medical Dictionary

vallecula

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noun val·lec·u·la \va-ˈlek-yə-lə\

Medical Definition of vallecula

plural

valleculae

\-ˌlē\play
  1. :  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

vallecular

\-yə-lər\play adjective

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