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alae

[ey-lee] /ˈeɪ li/
noun
1.
plural of ala.

ala

[ey-luh] /ˈeɪ lə/
noun, plural alae
[ey-lee] /ˈeɪ li/ (Show IPA)
1.
a wing.
2.
a winglike part, process, or expansion, as of a bone, shell, seed, or stem.
3.
either of the two side petals of a flower in the legume family, as the pea.
4.
(in an ancient Roman house) a small room, as an alcove, opening into a larger room or courtyard.
Origin
1730-1740
1730-40; < Latin āla wing, armpit, shoulder, representing *aks-lā, derivative of same base as axis axle (see axis1); see axle
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British Dictionary definitions for alae

ala

/ˈeɪlə/
noun (pl) alae (ˈeɪliː)
1.
(zoology) a wing or flat winglike process or structure, such as a part of some bones and cartilages
2.
(botany) a winglike part, such as one of the wings of a sycamore seed or one of the flat petals of a sweet pea flower
Word Origin
C18: from Latin āla a wing
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alae in Medicine

ala a·la (ā'lə)
n. pl. a·lae (ā'lē)
A winglike or expanded structure or part, such as the external ear.

Ala abbr.
alanine

ALA (ā'ěl-ā')
n.
Delta-aminolevulinic acid; an intermediate in the biosynthesis of hematin formed from glycine and succinyl-coenzyme A.

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Related Abbreviations for alae

ALA

  1. alpha-linolenic acid
  2. American Library Association
  3. American Lung Association
  4. Association for Laboratory Automation
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