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a small fleshy eminence, often abnormal.
hymenal c's small elevations of mucous membrane around the vaginal opening, being relics of the ruptured hymen; called also myrtiform caruncles.
lacrimal caruncle the red eminence at the medial angle of the eye.
myrtiform c's hymenal caruncles.
sublingual caruncle an eminence on either side of the frenulum of the tongue (frenulum linguae), on which the major duct of the sublingual gland and the duct of the submandibular gland open.
urethral caruncle a small, polyploid, red growth on the mucous membrane of the female urinary meatus, sometimes causing difficulty in urination.
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(kă-rŭng'kyū-lă, -lē), [TA]
1. Synonym(s): caruncle
2. In ungulates, one of about 200 specific disclike areas of the uterine endometrium that, in conjunction with the fetal cotyledon, forms a placentome of the placenta; as a site of fetal-maternal contact, the caruncula remains constant in position but enlarges greatly during pregnancy.
[L. a small fleshy mass, fr. caro, flesh]
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, pl. carunculae (kă-rŭng'kyū-lă, -lē) [TA]
A small, fleshy protuberance, or similarly shaped structure.
Synonym(s): caruncle.
[L. a small fleshy mass, fr. caro, flesh]
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