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1. Any of various kelps of the genera Laminaria and Saccharina of temperate and arctic waters, used commercially in foodstuffs, dietary supplements, and medicinal products.
2. A small rod formed of dehydrated laminaria tissue, applied to the cervical os to stimulate dilation.

[New Latin Lāmināria (from Latin lāmina, thin sheet, leaf).]


1. (Plants) any brown seaweed of the genus Laminaria, having large fluted leathery fronds
2. (Botany) any brown seaweed of the genus Laminaria, having large fluted leathery fronds
[C19: genus name formed from Latin lamina plate]


(ˌlæm əˈnɛər i ə)

n., pl. -nar•i•as.
any of various often very large kelps of the genus Laminaria, some species of which are the source of algins used as thickening or stabilizing agents in foodstuffs and other products.
[< New Latin (1813); see lamina, -ary]
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Noun1.laminaria - type genus of the family Laminariaceae: perennial brown kelpsLaminaria - type genus of the family Laminariaceae: perennial brown kelps
protoctist genus - any genus of Protoctista
family Laminariaceae, Laminariaceae - large family of marine brown algae including many economically important large kelps chiefly of northern waters
kelp - large brown seaweeds having fluted leathery fronds


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2-3 cm) a day in species of Laminaria that grow in the infralittoral, while Macrocystis pyrifera can grow up to 20 in (50 cm) a day in optimal conditions on the coastline of California.
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Up to 13-14 weeks The cervix is dilated using laminaria or a prostaglandin, and the uterine contents are removed with forceps and curette; in most situations, general anesthesia is used.
aculeata (Chapman and Burrows 1970), and for the annual kelps Laminaria ephemera (Klinger 1984) and Postelsia palmaeformis (Blanchette 1996).
They point to similarities in modern brown algae such as Laminaria, a much larger, multicellular seaweed that lives in shallow coastal waters.
11] Tohan N, Tejani NA, Varanasi M, et al: Ripening of the term cervix with Laminaria.
Suction curettage using laminaria (rather than rigid dilators) for cervical dilatation is the safest available procedure for terminating pregnancies at the stage of fetal development optimal for tissue procurement.
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