velum

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noun ve·lum \ˈvē-ləm\

Definition of velum

plural

vela

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  1. 1 :  a membrane or membranous part resembling a veil or curtain: such asa :  soft palateb :  an annular membrane projecting inward from the margin of the umbrella in some jellyfishes (such as the hydromedusae)

  2. 2 :  a swimming organ that is especially well developed in the later larval stages of many marine gastropods

Origin and Etymology of velum

borrowed from Latin vēlum “awning, curtain”; in sense 1a short for New Latin vēlum palātī or vēlum palātīnum, literally, “curtain of the palate” — more at 1veil


Medical Dictionary

velum

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noun ve·lum \ˈvē-ləm\

Medical Definition of velum

plural

vela

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  1. :  a membrane or membranous part resembling a veil or curtain: asa:  soft palateb:  semilunar cusp


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