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n. pl. lu·nu·lae (-lē′)
A small crescent-shaped structure or marking, especially the white area at the base of a fingernail that resembles a half-moon.

[New Latin lūnula, from Latin, crescent-shaped ornament, diminutive of lūna, moon; see leuk- in Indo-European roots.]
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(ˈluːnjʊlə) or


n, pl -nulae (-njʊˌliː) or -nules
(Anatomy) the white crescent-shaped area at the base of the human fingernail. Nontechnical name: half-moon
[C16: from Latin: small moon, from lūna]
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(ˈlu nyə lə)

also lu•nule


n., pl. -nu•lae (-nyəˌli) also -nules.
something shaped like a narrow crescent.
[1565–75; < Latin lūnula, derivative of lūn(a) moon]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lunula - the crescent-shaped area at the base of the human fingernaillunula - the crescent-shaped area at the base of the human fingernail
region, area - a part of an animal that has a special function or is supplied by a given artery or nerve; "in the abdominal region"
nail - horny plate covering and protecting part of the dorsal surface of the digits
2.lunula - a crescent-shaped metal ornament of the Bronze Age
decoration, ornament, ornamentation - something used to beautify
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n pl <-e> → Lunula f (spec), → Nagelmöndchen nt
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Named after its resemblance to a crescent moon, what is a lunula? 7.
Sheila Fallon Friedlander highlights a case where detection of the triangular-shaped lunula of the nails helps to identify a genetic condition at considerable risk for end-stage renal failure.
In order to avoid shortness, nail reconstruction with adding a bone graft to fingertip has been recommended in amputations proximal to lunula. [5]
The pathognomonic finding for nail-patella syndrome is the presence of the triangular lunula, she said.
12), asociados a una lunula que se custodia en el Museo Arqueologico Nacional lisboeta.
Regarding the location of the nail pathology, the clinical presentation is different; pitting, leukonychia, red spots in the lunula, nail plate crumbling, beaus lines, and trachyonychia are signs of nail matrix involvement and onycholysis, oil drop discoloration or salmon patch, subungual hyperkeratosis, and splinter hemorrhage indicate nail bed disease.
Nail involvement in psoriasis usually is divided into two major groups: (a) signs of involvement of nail matrix including pitting, leukonychia, red spots of the lunula, transverse grooves (Beau's lines), and crumbling of the nail plate and (b) signs of involvement of the nail bed which present as oil-drop discoloration, splinter hemorrhages, subungual hyperkeratosis, and onycholysis [5].
(Severe dystrophy caused by extensive involvement of the matrix) Also known as "Twenty nail dystrophy," the nail plate flattens and the lunula is spotted, or obscured.
La terminologia general para los caracteres morfologicos siguio a Eickwort (1969a), excepto que lunula es usado para referirse a la parte semicircular de la base dorsal del propodeo, denominada en algunos casos como area basal del propodeo o metapostnoto (Celis, Cure, & Aguilar-Benavides, 2014), plica para referirse a la marcacion de la lunula con fuertes surcos (Fig.
(42) A comparable phenomenon occurs when we spend long hours in water, and the skin of the fingers turns wrinkled and white because of epidermal intercellular edema, or the color difference between the white lunula and the transparent nail plate because of the quantity of sulfur compounds.
Bazi kaynaklara gore, tanisal kabul edilen bir tirnak bulgusu olan "triangular lunula", olgumuzda mevcut degildi [1].