Medical Dictionary

Gordiacea

noun plural Gor·di·a·cea \ ˌgȯr-dē-ˈā-sh(ē-)ə \

medical Definition of Gordiacea

Biographical Note for gordiacea

  • Gordius play \ˈgȯr-dē-əs\ Greek mythological character. Gordius was the king of ancient Phrygia. In his capital city he contrived an intricate knot that lashed a pole to the yoke of his chariot. According to the prophecy of an oracle, the person who could undo the knot would someday be the conqueror of Asia. Alexander the Great marched through the site, and, according to popular legend, he readily solved the problem simply by cutting the knot. Worms of the class Gordiacea are so-called because of the intricate twists and coils they form.

  • Seen and Heard

    What made you want to look up Gordiacea? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

    Love words? Need even more definitions?

    Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

    WORD OF THE DAY

    serious difficulty or misfortune

    Get Word of the Day daily email!

    Love words? Need even more definitions?

    Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!