Share this entry
taenia Syllabification: tae·ni·a
Pronunciation: /ˈtēnēə/
(also tenia)

Definition of taenia in English:

noun (plural taeniae-nēˌē-nēˌī or taenias)

1 Anatomy A flat ribbonlike structure in the body.
Example sentences
  • These sites lie always between the mesenteric tenia and the two antimesenteric teniae, so that the diverticula form rows along the lateral surfaces of the organ.
  • The longitudinal muscle layer continues between the teniae as a thin but complete coat.
  • Here, we have shown the pilae ossifying dorsally, as an irregular sheet of bone running roughly between the pila antotica and a similar band of cartilage which comes off the top of the otic capsule, the taenia marginalis.
1.1 (taeniae coliˈkōlī) The smooth longitudinal muscles of the colon.
Example sentences
  • Bundles of muscle from the teniae coli penetrate the circular layer at irregular intervals.
  • The three taeniae coli converge at the base of the vermiform appendix on the cecum.
  • Hanging off the taeniae coli are pouches called epiploic appendages.
2 Architecture A fillet between a Doric architrave and frieze.
3(In ancient Greece) a band or ribbon worn around a person’s head.
4A large tapeworm that parasitizes mammals.
  • Genus Taenia, class Cestoda: several species, in particular T. saginata and T. soleum


Pronunciation: /-nēˌoid/
Example sentences
  • The tumor cell was found to be restiform and tenioid and it showed characteristics of carcinoid.
  • The shape of the hooks was typical of taenioid cestodes, most resembling hooks.
  • The rostellum is normally present, rarely absent, and is armed with two alternating rows of hooks of characteristic taenioid shape.


Mid 16th century (sense 2): via Latin from Greek tainia 'band, ribbon'.

Definition of taenia in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources