Definition of taenia in English:


Line breaks: tae¦nia
Pronunciation: /ˈtiːnɪə
(US tenia)

noun (plural taeniae /-nɪiː/ or taenias)

  • 1 Anatomy A flat ribbon-like structure in the body.
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    • 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 coli /ˈkəʊlʌɪ/) The smooth longitudinal muscles of the colon.
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    • 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 round a person’s head.



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  • 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 (in sense 2): via Latin from Greek tainia 'band, ribbon'.

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