Definition of Lunula

1. Noun. The crescent-shaped area at the base of the human fingernail.

Exact synonyms: Half-moon, Lunule
Generic synonyms: Area, Region
Group relationships: Nail



2. Noun. A crescent-shaped metal ornament of the Bronze Age.
Generic synonyms: Decoration, Ornament, Ornamentation

Definition of Lunula

1. n. Same as Lunule.

Definition of Lunula

1. Noun. Something shaped like a crescent or half-moon; especially the pale area at the base of the fingernail. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Lunula

1. a small crescent-shaped structure [n -LAE] : LUNULAR, LUNULATE [adj]

Medical Definition of Lunula

1. Origin: L, prop, a little moon. See Lunule. Same as Lunule. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Lunula

lunker
lunkers
lunkhead
lunkheaded
lunkheads
lunkish
lunks
lunky
lunokhod
lunokhods
lunomancy
lunt
lunted
lunting
lunts
lunula (current term)
lunula of semilunar valve
lunula valvulae semilunaris
lunulae
lunular
lunulate
lunulated
lunule
lunules
lunulet
lunulets
lunulite
luny
lunyie
lunyies

Literary usage of Lunula

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Handbook of Diseases of the Skin by Hugo Ziemssen (1885)
"... those which run through its middle from the middle, and the undermost from the anterior portion of its floor, which terminates with the lunula. ..."

2. A Monograph of the British Fossil Crustacea, Belonging to the Order Merostomata by Henry Woodward (1878)
"... lunula of Eichwald, and a new species, which he names B. rugosus; also two new genera allied to ..."

3. Cutaneous Medicine: A Systematic Treatise on the Diseases of the Skin by Louis Adolphus Duhring (1895)
"The lunula is only in part the macroscopic expression of the matrix of the nail. ... The difference in color of the lunula and the nail-bed is due to the ..."

4. Microscopy for Beginners: Or, Common Objects from the Ponds and Ditches by Alfred Cheatham Stokes (1887)
"... longitudinal bands; chlorophyl globules numerous ; vacuoles near the ends; cell very large. C. lunula, Fig. 25. Fig. 25. ..."

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