vermis

noun
ver·​mis | \ ˈvər-mis How to pronounce vermis (audio) \

Definition of vermis

: the constricted median lobe of the cerebellum that connects the two lateral lobes

First Known Use of vermis

1876, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vermis

borrowed from New Latin, literally, "worm," after excrescentia vermiformis "vermiform growth," translating Galen's Greek phrase epíphysis skōlēkoeidḗs; so called by Galen from its resemblance to a grub growing out of wood — more at worm entry 1

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The first known use of vermis was in 1876

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“Vermis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vermis. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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vermis

noun
ver·​mis | \ ˈvər-mis How to pronounce vermis (audio) \
plural vermes\ -​ˌmēz How to pronounce vermis (audio) \

Medical Definition of vermis

1 : either of two parts of the median lobe of the cerebellum:
a : one slightly prominent on the upper surface

called also superior vermis

b : one on the lower surface sunk in the vallecula

called also inferior vermis

2 : the median lobe or part of the cerebellum

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