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[lahy-uh n, -en] /ˈlaɪ ən, -ɛn/
noun, Anatomy
1.
the spleen.
Origin
1645-1655
1645-55; < Latin liēn spleen
Related forms
lienal
[lahy-een-l, lahy-uh-nl] /laɪˈin l, ˈlaɪ ə nl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for lienal

lienal

/ˈlaɪənəl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the spleen
Word Origin
C19: from Latin lienspleen

lien

/ˈliːən; liːn/
noun
1.
(law) a right to retain possession of another's property pending discharge of a debt
Word Origin
C16: via Old French from Latin ligāmen bond, from ligāre to bind
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Word Origin and History for lienal

lien

n.

"right to hold property of another until debt is paid," 1530s, from Middle French lien "a band or tie," from Latin ligamen "bond," from ligare "to bind, tie" (see ligament).

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lienal in Medicine

lienal li·e·nal (lī'ə-nəl)
adj.
Splenic.

lien li·en (lī'ən, -ěn')
n.
The spleen.

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lienal in Culture
lien [(leen, lee-uhn)]

A claim or right given to a creditor to secure payment of a debt, usually by sale of the debtor's property.

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