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labia majora Tweet Definition of labia majora Like Definition of labia majora on Facebook
noun
  1. (anatomy) The two outer rounded folds of adipose tissue that lie on either side of the opening of the vagina.
labia minora Tweet Definition of labia minora Like Definition of labia minora on Facebook
noun
  1. (anatomy) The two inner folds of skin within the cleft of the labia majora.
lachrymal Tweet Definition of lachrymal Like Definition of lachrymal on Facebook
adjective
  1. Of or relating to tears, or the tear glands.
lacrimal Tweet Definition of lacrimal Like Definition of lacrimal on Facebook
adjective
  1. see lachrymal
lacrimal bone Tweet Definition of lacrimal bone Like Definition of lacrimal bone on Facebook
noun
  1. (anatomy) The smallest and most fragile bone of the face situated near the eye.
lacteal Tweet Definition of lacteal Like Definition of lacteal on Facebook
adjective
  1. Relating to milk.
  2. (Anatomy)Relating to milk production.
    .. ducts in the breasts...
lacuna Tweet Definition of lacuna Like Definition of lacuna on Facebook
noun (plurallacunaeorlacunas)
  1. A small opening; a small pit or depression; a small blank space; a gap or vacancy; a hiatus.
  2. An absent part, especially in a book or other piece of writing, often referring to an ancient manuscript or similar.
lap Tweet Definition of lap Like Definition of lap on Facebook
noun
  1. The loose part of a coat; the lower part of a garment that plays loosely; a skirt; an apron.
  2. An edge; a border; a hem, as of cloth.
  3. The part of the clothing that lies on the knees or thighs when one sits down; that part of the person thus covered; figuratively, a place of rearing and fostering; as, to be reared in the lap of luxury.
  4. The upper legs of a seated person.
The boy was sitting on his mother's
  1. (italbrac, archaic (17th century)), (euphemistic) The female pudenda.
verb (lap, p, ed)
  1. (transitive) To place or lay (something) so as to overlap another.
One laps roof tiles so that water can run off.
  1. (transitive) To polish, e.g., a surface, until smooth.
  2. (intransitive) To lie partly on or over something; to overlap.
  3. (transitive) To overtake a straggler in a race by completing one more lap than them.
large intestine Tweet Definition of large intestine Like Definition of large intestine on Facebook
noun
  1. (anatomy) The colon.
laryngeal Tweet Definition of laryngeal Like Definition of laryngeal on Facebook
noun
  1. a laryngeal sound, especially a reconstructed phoneme thought to have existed in Proto-Indo-European
adjective
  1. Of or pertaining to a larynx or larynges.
larynx Tweet Definition of larynx Like Definition of larynx on Facebook
noun (plural larynges (technical), larynxes (informal))
  1. An organ of the neck of mammals involved in breath control, protection of the trachea and sound production, housing the vocal cords, and that is situated at the point where the upper tract splits into the trachea and the oesophagus/esophagus.
lash Tweet Definition of lash Like Definition of lash on Facebook
noun
  1. The thong or braided cord of a whip, with which the blow is given.
I observed that your whip wanted a lash to it. — Addison.
  1. (obsolete) A leash in which an animal is caught or held; hence, a snare.
  2. A stroke with a whip, or anything pliant and tough.
The culprit received thirty-nine lashes.
  1. A stroke of satire or sarcasm; an expression or retort that cuts or gives pain; a cut.
The moral is a lash at the vanity of arrogating that to ourselves which succeeds well. — L"Estrange
  1. A hair growing from the edge of the eyelid; an eyelash.
  2. In carpet weaving, a group of strings for lifting simultaneously certain yarns, to form the figure.
  3. (Mid-Ulster, Northern Ireland dialect) Excellent, wonderful
We"re off school tomorrow, it"s gonna be lash!
That chinese (food) was lash!''
verb (lash, es)
  1. (transitive) To strike with a lash; to whip or scourge with a lash, or with something like one.
We lash the pupil, and defraud the ward. — Dryden
  1. (transitive) To strike forcibly and quickly, as with a lash; to beat, or beat upon, with a motion like that of a lash.
the whale lashes the sea with its tail.
And big waves lash the frighted shores. — Dryden
  1. (transitive) To throw out with a jerk or quickly.
He falls, and lashing up his heels, his rider throws. — Dryden
  1. (transitive) To scold; to berate; to satirize; to censure with severity.
to lash vice
  1. (transitive) To bind with a rope, cord, thong, or chain, so as to fasten.
to lash something to a spar
lash a pack on a horse's back
  1. (intransitive) To ply the whip; to strike.
  2. (intransitive) To utter censure or sarcastic language.
To laugh at follies, or to lash at vice. — Dryden
adjective
  1. (obsolete) remiss, Remiss, lax.
  2. (obsolete) relaxed, Relaxed.
  3. soft, Soft, watery, wet.
    • 1658: Fruits being unwholesome and before the fourth or fifth Yeare. " Sir Thomas Browne, The Garden of Cyrus (Folio Society 2007, p. 211)
leg Tweet Definition of leg Like Definition of leg on Facebook
noun
  1. (anatomy) The limb of a human or animal that extends from the groin to the ankle.
  2. A part of garment, such as a pair of trousers/pants, that covers a leg.
  3. A stage of a journey.
  4. (context, nautical) A distance that a sailing vessel does without changing the sails from one side to the other.
  5. (nautical) One side of a multiple-sided (often a triangle) course in a sailing race.
  6. A single game or match played in a tournament or other sporting contest.
  7. one of the two sides of a right triangle that is not the hypotenuse
verb (leg, g, ing)
  1. To put a series of three or more options strikes into the stock market.
  2. To remove the legs from an animal carcass.
  3. To build legs onto a platform or stage for support.
lens Tweet Definition of lens Like Definition of lens on Facebook
noun (plurallenses)
  1. An object, usually made of glass, that focuses or defocuses the light that passes through it.
  2. A device which focuses or defocuses electron beams.
  3. (geometry) A shape comprising two circular arcs, joined at their endpoints.
  4. (biology) A genus of the legume family.
  5. (anatomy) The transparent crystalline structure in the eye.
leptodactylous Tweet Definition of leptodactylous Like Definition of leptodactylous on Facebook
adjective
  1. Having fine, slender toes or fingers.
lien Tweet Definition of lien Like Definition of lien on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, lien, lien (law))
  1. (obsolete) A tendon.
  2. A legal claim; a charge upon real or personal property for the satisfaction of some debt or duty.
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lip Tweet Definition of lip Like Definition of lip on Facebook
noun
  1. (countable) Either of the two fleshy protrusions around the opening of the mouth.
  2. (countable) A part of the body that resembles a lip, such as the edge of a wound or the labia.
  3. (countable) The rim of an open container.
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  1. an edge that projects slightly, such as the rim of the lid for a pot or jar.-->
  2. (context, slang, uncountable) impertinence, Impertinence.
Don"t give me any !
liver Tweet Definition of liver Like Definition of liver on Facebook
noun
  1. (anatomy) A large organ in the body that stores and metabolizes nutrients, destroys toxins and produces bile. Responsible for thousands of biochemical reactions.
  2. This livestock organ used as food.
  3. (color) A dark brown colour, tinted with red and gray, like that of liver.
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adjective (the noun as a modifier)<br>
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no (compar) or (superl) forms)
  1. Concerning or relating to the liver.
liver transplant
  1. Intended for the liver.
liver salts
  1. Of food, made of liver.
liver pí˘té
lobar Tweet Definition of lobar Like Definition of lobar on Facebook
adjective
  1. Of or pertaining to a lobe; characterized by, or like, a lobe or lobes.
lobation Tweet Definition of lobation Like Definition of lobation on Facebook
noun
  1. The quality of having lobes
  2. The growth, or formation of lobes
  3. A lobe, or something shaped like a lobe
lobe Tweet Definition of lobe Like Definition of lobe on Facebook
noun
  1. Any projection or division, especially one of a somewhat rounded form.
  2. (anatomy) A division of the brain.
lobed Tweet Definition of lobed Like Definition of lobed on Facebook
adjective
  1. Having lobes.
lobule Tweet Definition of lobule Like Definition of lobule on Facebook
noun
  1. A small lobe; a subdivision of a lobe.
lumbar Tweet Definition of lumbar Like Definition of lumbar on Facebook
adjective
  1. Related to the lower back or loin.
lumen Tweet Definition of lumen Like Definition of lumen on Facebook
noun (pl=lumens, pl2=lumina)
  1. (physics) In the International System of Units, the derived unit of luminous flux; the amount of light that falls on a unit area at unit distance from a source of one candela. Symbol: lm
  2. (anatomy) The cavity or channel within a tube or tubular organ.
  3. (botany) The cavity bounded by a plant cell wall.
  4. The bore of a tube such as a hollow needle or catheter.
lunate Tweet Definition of lunate Like Definition of lunate on Facebook
noun
  1. (archaeology) A small stone artifact, probably an arrowhead, with a blunt straight edge and a sharpened, crescent-shaped back, especially characteristic of the Mesolithic Period.
adjective
  1. Shaped like a crescent.
lung Tweet Definition of lung Like Definition of lung on Facebook
noun
  1. A biological organ that extracts oxygen from the air.
lymphatic Tweet Definition of lymphatic Like Definition of lymphatic on Facebook
noun
  1. (anatomy) A vessel that transports lymph.
adjective
  1. (anatomy) Pertaining to lymph or the lymphatic system.
  2. Lacking energy of enthusiasm.
lymph node Tweet Definition of lymph node Like Definition of lymph node on Facebook
noun
  1. (context, anatomy, immunology) Small oval bodies of the lymphatic system, distributed along the lymphatic vessels, that are clustered in the armpits, groin, neck, chest and abdomen. They act as filters, with an internal honeycomb of connective tissue filled with lymphocytes and macrophages that collect and destroy bacteria, viruses and foreign matter from lymph. When the body is fighting an infection, these lymphocytes multiply rapidly and produce a characteristic swelling of the lymph nodes.
lymphocyte Tweet Definition of lymphocyte Like Definition of lymphocyte on Facebook
noun
  1. (context, cytology, immunology) A type of white blood cell or leukocyte that occurs in two forms; B-lymphocytes, which produce antibody, antibodies in the humoral immune response, and T-lymphocytes, which participates in the cell-mediated immune response.
lymphoid Tweet Definition of lymphoid Like Definition of lymphoid on Facebook
adjective
  1. (anatomy) Like or relating to the lymphatic system of the body.

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