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vallecula

Syllabification: val·lec·u·la
Pronunciation: /vəˈlekyələ
 
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Definition of vallecula in English:

noun (plural valleculae /-ˌlē, -ˌlī/)

Anatomy & Botany
A groove or furrow.
Example sentences
  • Double swallow to clear residue in the valleculae.
  • In normal persons, small amounts of food are commonly retained in the valleculae or pyriform sinus after swallowing.
  • Eight different bones from Australian species of fish and a king prawn shell were selected and each was positioned individually in the tonsil, vallecula and piriform fossa.

Origin

mid 19th century: from a late Latin variant of Latin vallicula, diminutive of Latin vallis 'valley'.

Derivatives

vallecular

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • External to the vascular bundles is another set of canals, the vallecular canals or cortical canals.
  • The gross impression was of laryngeal vallecular cyst of saccular type.
  • Between the anterior surface of the epiglottis and the posterior surface of the tongue are the vallecular fossae separated by a glossoepiglottic fold.

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