Definition of vallecula in English:

vallecula

noun

Anatomy Botany
  • A groove or furrow.

    • ‘Eight different bones from Australian species of fish and a king prawn shell were selected and each was positioned individually in the tonsil, vallecula and piriform fossa.’
    • ‘Examination of the oropharynx revealed a large midline mass extending along the posterior pharyngeal wall from the level of soft palate to vallecula.’
    • ‘Proceed with the curved blade into the vallecula or straight over the epiglottis with the straight blade.’
    • ‘In normal persons, small amounts of food are commonly retained in the valleculae or pyriform sinus after swallowing.’
    • ‘Double swallow to clear residue in the valleculae.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from a late Latin variant of Latin vallicula, diminutive of Latin vallis valley.

Pronunciation:

vallecula

/vaˈlɛkjʊlə/