vallecula

[vuh-lek-yuh-luh]
noun, plural valleculae [vuh-lek-yuh-lee] . Biology.
a furrow or depression.

Origin:
1855–60; < Late Latin, equivalent to valle(s) valley + Latin -cula -cule1

vallecular, adjective
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vallecula (vəˈlɛkjʊlə)
 
n , pl -lae
1.  anatomy any of various natural depressions or crevices, such as certain fissures of the brain
2.  botany a small groove or furrow in a plant stem or fruit
 
[C19: from Late Latin: little valley, from Latin vallis valley]
 
val'lecular
 
adj
 
val'leculate
 
adj

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vallecula val·lec·u·la (vā-lěk'yə-lə, və-)
n. pl. val·lec·u·lae (-lē')
An anatomical crevice or depression on any surface, such as the deep hollow on the inferior surface of the cerebellum, between the hemispheres, in which the medulla oblongata rests.

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The additional ovaries were of smaller size, and each subsequent one has been developed in the vallecula of the preceding ovary.
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