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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.]


(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]


(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]
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


n pl <-e> → Lunula f (spec), → Nagelmöndchen nt
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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.
Stimulable and spontaneous bioluminescence in marine dinoflagellates, Pyrodinium bahamense, Gonyaulax polyedra, and Pyrocystis lunula.
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.
obtusa Leptocylindrus danicus Pyrocystis Oncaea media lunula Ditylum brighterii Chromophyta Oncaea mediterranea Hemiaulus hauckii Dictyochophyceae Microsetella sp.
Hasta el momento la fisiopatologia per se de la enfermedad no esta bien dilucidada; sin embargo, a nivel ungueal el crecimiento lento de las unas, aumento de la curvatura de las mismas, onicolisis, hiperqueratosis, desaparicion de la lunula y cuticula es explicado por la estasis linfatica, mientras que el pigmento amarillo, verdoso o cafe es explicado por depositos no desechados de lipofuscina producto del metabolismo oxidativo de lipidos de radicales libres (3, 17).
Ciclopirox 8% solution is a lacquer formulation indicated for use in immunocompetent patients with mild to moderate onychomycosis without involvement of the lunula and due to T.
Also the dorsal veins terminate approximately 3 mm to 5 mm proximal to the lunula.
You can get room service from The Clubhouse menu or have an inroom massage and nail spa from Lunula.
In his physical examination hypertrophic granulation tissue originating from the lateral nail matrixes was found to be bridged and epithelized in the midline leaving the lunula and the distal part of the nail unaffected.
In the local examination, there was loss of contour of the lunula of the right thumb with a bluish discolouration of size 4mmx 5mm.