vallecula

noun
val·​lec·​u·​la | \ va-ˈle-kyə-lə How to pronounce vallecula (audio) , və- \
plural valleculae\ va-​ˈle-​kyə-​ˌlē How to pronounce vallecula (audio) , və-​ , -​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 How to pronounce vallecula (audio) , və-​ \ 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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The first known use of vallecula was in 1859

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“Vallecula.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vallecula. Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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vallecula

noun
val·​lec·​u·​la | \ va-ˈlek-yə-lə How to pronounce vallecula (audio) \
plural valleculae\ -​ˌlē How to pronounce vallecula (audio) \

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 How to pronounce vallecula (audio) \ adjective

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