vallecula

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

Definition of vallecula

plural valleculae play \va-ˈle-kyə-ˌlē, -ˌlī\
: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

noun val·lec·u·la \ va-ˈlek-yə-lə \

medical Definition of vallecula

plural valleculae play \-ˌlē\
: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

vallecular

play \-yə-lər\ adjective

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