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n. pl. tra·bec·u·lae (-lē′)
1. Any of the supporting strands of connective tissue projecting into an organ and constituting part of the framework of that organ.
2. Any of the fine spicules forming a network in cancellous bone.
[Latin trabēcula, little beam or bar, diminutive of trabs, trab-, beam; see treb- in Indo-European roots.]
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