spiculum


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spic·u·lum

 (spĭk′yə-ləm)
n. pl. spic·u·la (-lə)
A small needlelike structure, such as a copulatory organ in a nematode.

[Latin spīculum, diminutive of spīca, point, ear of grain.]

spiculum

(ˈspɪkjʊləm)
n, pl -la (-lə)
(Biology) another word for spicule1
[C18: from Latin: small sharp point, from spica]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spiculum - small pointed structure serving as a skeletal element in various marine and freshwater invertebrates e.g. sponges and coralsspiculum - small pointed structure serving as a skeletal element in various marine and freshwater invertebrates e.g. sponges and corals
appendage, outgrowth, process - a natural prolongation or projection from a part of an organism either animal or plant; "a bony process"
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If bladder neck injury or spiculum penetration into the bladder wall occurs, surgical treatment is required.
1] Apud Potentiam, civitatem Apuliae, clericus quidam, nomine Rogerus, cum de sacris beati Patris stigmatibus cogitaret inania, subito fuit in manu sinistra sub chirotheca percussus, ac si prosilisset spiculum de balista, ipsa tamen chirotheca omnino manente intacta.
Male genitalia: Left paramere Lshaped, right paramere L-shaped or elongate oval; endosoma simple, with or without a single nearly straight spiculum, enclosed in an irregular, apically rounded phallotheca.