vincula

vinculum

[ving-kyuh-luhm]
noun, plural vincula [ving-kyuh-luh] .
1.
a bond signifying union or unity; tie.
2.
Mathematics. a stroke or brace drawn over a quantity consisting of several members or terms, as , in order to show that they are to be considered together.

Origin:
1655–65; < Latin: fetter, equivalent to vinc(īre) to bind + -ulum -ule

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vinculum (ˈvɪŋkjʊləm)
 
n , pl -la
1.  a horizontal line drawn above a group of mathematical terms, used as an alternative to parentheses in mathematical expressions, as in x + y -- z which is equivalent to x + (y -- z)
2.  anatomy
 a.  any bandlike structure, esp one uniting two or more parts
 b.  another name for ligament
3.  rare a unifying bond; tie
 
[C17: from Latin: bond, from vincīre to bind]

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vinculum vin·cu·lum (vĭng'kyə-ləm)
n. pl. vin·cu·lums or vin·cu·la (-lə)
A uniting band or bandlike structure, such as a frenum or ligament.

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