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involucrum

[in-vuh-loo-kruh m] /ˌɪn vəˈlu krəm/
noun, plural involucra
[in-vuh-loo-kruh] /ˌɪn vəˈlu krə/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1670-1680
1670-80; < New Latin, Latin involūcrum a wrap, cover, equivalent to involū- (variant stem of involvere to wrap, cover; see involute) + -crum instrumental suffix
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  • At separation from service the osteomyelitis was inactive with no involucrum or sequestrum.
British Dictionary definitions for involucrum

involucre

/ˈɪnvəˌluːkə/
noun (pl) -cres, -cra (-krə)
1.
a ring of bracts at the base of an inflorescence in such plants as the composites
Derived Forms
involucral, adjective
involucrate, adjective
Word Origin
C16 (in the sense: envelope): from New Latin involucrum, from Latin: wrapper, from involvere to wrap; see involve
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involucrum in Medicine

involucrum in·vo·lu·crum (ĭn'və-lōō'krəm)
n. pl. in·vo·lu·cra (-krə)
An enveloping sheath or membrane, such as the sheath of new bone that forms around a sequestrum.

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