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[sur-kyuh-luh s] /ˈsɜr kyə ləs/
noun, plural circuli
[-lahy] /-ˌlaɪ/ (Show IPA)
any of the concentric circles on each scale of a fish, each of which indicates the annual growth of that scale.
< Latin: circle Unabridged
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  • These were calculated by the number of circuli present plus growth since the formation of the last circulus.
  • Statistical interrelation of length, growth, and scale circulus spacing: appraisal of a growth rate estimator for fish.
circulus in Medicine

circulus cir·cu·lus (sûr'kyə-ləs)
n. pl. cir·cu·li (-lī')

  1. A ringlike or circular structure.

  2. A circle formed by connecting arteries, veins, or nerves.

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