Definition of ranula in US English:

ranula

noun

Medicine
  • A tumour or swelling located in the floor of the mouth beneath the tongue; specifically a bluish, domed mucocele arising from a sublingual salivary gland.

Origin

Late Middle English; earliest use found in Guy de Chauliac's Grande Chirurgie. From classical Latin rānula little frog (2nd cent. a.d.), in post-classical Latin also small swelling under the tongue of cattle from rāna frog + -ula.

Pronunciation

ranula

/ˈranjʊlə/